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Harvey Milk Walton knew it was only a matter of time before he was caught wandering free around Angel Land which is part of the
Despite the pollution and filth he is entranced by all that he sees. He is quickly caught as the virus he carries is easily detected, and brought before an Elder to be sentenced.
First let me say, no matter what I write I don’t think I’ll be able to truly do ANGEL LAND or my feelings about it justice.
Victor J. Banis has written a powerful and emotionally evocative story. This novel is powerful story for many reasons. This novel is set in the future where a fundamentalist Christian government has taken control of most of what used to be the
The setting is described in vivid detail. The reader gets a real sense of the bleakness and desolation of the territories and of the ghetto itself. The desperation of the people inside the ghetto is clear and painful to witness but the people who are supposedly free suffer as well. This story is often not easy to read. There is difficult subject matter. The author doesn’t hold back. I was often disturbed and sometimes even scared while reading. The most frightening aspect for me is that I really think that something like this could happen. After all, it has happened before during the holocaust. The people in charge believe that they are doing what is right, in the name of God no less. The have been corrupted by their power.
However, there is a lot more to this novel. I was struck by the endurance and courage of those living in the ghetto. There are instances of kindness and hope. Life within the ghetto is hard but people help one another and find joy where they can. They live and they love to the best of their ability.
ANGEL LAND is an intricate and fascinating tale. I have been changed by this story and its going to stay with me for a long time. I think everyone should read ANGEL LAND by Victor J. Banis.
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