Thursday, October 23

Under the Banner of Heaven
by Jon Krakauer.

The family survived the ordeal.

Challenging to listen to.  A completely new perspective on LDS's.

The really amazing thing is that it's the first religion to flourish during the age of literacy, and printing presses.  The conflicting first hand accounts, the blemishes in doctrine and all.  Quite the opportunity to compare with Joseph Campbell's concept of a hero with a thousand faces.

This is what others said about it:

  "Fantastic. . . . Right up there with In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song."
--San Francisco Chronicle 

"Scrupulously reported and written with Krakauer's usual exacting flair, Under the Banner of Heaven is both illuminating and thrilling. It is also the creepiest book anyone has written in a long time--and that's meant as the highest possible praise."

This picture taken at the only outpost left in my town.  How is it pertinent... I'm not sure.