The Book "Holy Fools" by Joanne Harris, is set in in France in the 1600 and something, in Gothic times of plague and the burning of witches. The main character, Juliette, is an ever resourceful gypsy woman who grew up in show business. Traveling circuses such as hers were loved but blamed for plague and theft. Together with the second main character "Le Merle", they narrowly escape being burnt at the stake by means of cunning and deceit. La Merle uses trickery and theatrical manipulation to fleece peasants and the church alike.
After a disaster, Juliette is pregnant and retires to an abbey under a fake identity living peacefully for years until the death of the abbess. The replacement is a 13 year old girl appointed as abbess by the bishop, and she is aided by a priest. But the good father is no priest, he is Le Merle, with plans for a revenge.
Le Merle uses theater and trickery to cause fear, mistrust and wickedness amongst the nuns the abbey. He is perceived as the anchor, the rock - in the fight against illness, unholy occurrences and Satan's minions. Juliette finds herself accused of witchcraft, is blackmailed with her child and is almost powerless as she attempts to expose La Merle. The hate and fear brought to life by La Merle becomes self perpetuating and takes on a life of its own.
Holy Fools could not have been about the war on terror, because it was released in 2000, before Sept 11th 2001. But had it been released today, the parallels would be impossible to ignore. When I read it, it seemed like a brilliant commentary on the self perpetuating War on Terror.
I found myself totally enraptured by this book, and so I shall give it a five star rating.
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