Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Beginning: Certainty by Victor Bevine



We had two briefs to file in court yesterday and I forgot to post this post. It sat here in draft form. APOLOGIES!

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William Bartlett had visited at the Newport City Jail only once before, on his ninth birthday, when he’d been treated to a tour of the facility by the police commissioner himself, a longtime acquaintance of his father.

Certainty by Victor Bevine. This historical novel is inspired by a true scandal in Newport, Rhode Island near the end of World War I, when a local Episcopal priest was accused of sexual impropriety with Navy sailors.

Certainty would make a great pairing with the new Spotlight movie about the Catholic sex abuse scandal in Boston. I saw the movie last week and it is lights out good. Now I want to read Certainty to get a perspective on how similar scandals were treated in earlier decades. Not much differently, I would imagine -- wrong is wrong.


Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I'm not sure I would have enjoyed a birthday treat of a prison tour somehow!

Here in the UK, we also have our own share of investigations, allegations and whistle blowers, regarding Catholic sex abuse over many decades and which is still happening today, if what we hear is to be believed.

I'm not certain this would be a book I would enjoy and definitely not the film, but if both help to bring the issue to the forefront of the news and people's consciousness, then there might hopefully be some final closure for many of the victims!

I hope that you get some time to relax this weekend, after your busy and no doubt stressful week in court!

Thanks for taking the time to link up this week

Yvonne :)

Diane Coto said...

I read Certainty. There were things I liked as well as things I didn't like within the story, but that's just my take. It's still a good beginning, though. :)
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blackmutts said...

I haven't read the book, and perhaps there is more going on, but "sexual impropriety with Navy sailors" doesn't sound the same as covering up child sex abuse.

Gilion Dumas said...

Ha! Good point, blackmutts! Your comment made me giggle!

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