The Beast of Bethulia Park
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If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity! Her investigation into a series of deaths at the book’s eponymous hospital, which forms the basis of the plot, leads her into many quandaries. “The general public loved and trusted their doctors. They wanted to love them. News editors wanted to love them too,” she reflects as she probes medical records.
Book Review: The Beast of Bethulia Park - CMQ
TRF believes that every child should be given a chance to live after suffering from any form of neurological conditions. Every year many children suffer from brain injury caused either by injury, diseases or pre-existing condition. Brian science has made enormous advances and the latest treatments and rehabilitation techniques could help many of these cases. There is therefore a huge shortfall and many, many children who could otherwise be helped are being left with limited care and in some cases no care.S.P. Caldwell’s “The Beast of Bethulia Park” offers a dissident perspective to the culture of death. This powerful novel about one particular surreptitious serial killer serves as a metaphor for our world, in which Big Brother has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Death, putting in place the systemic extermination of the weak and the voiceless, the very young and the very old.
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However, are reaching out to the Catholic community and readership, that has been so loyal to the Catholic Herald. Please join us on our 135 year mission by supporting us. Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to the journalist Simon Caldwell about his debut novel, The Beast of Bethulia Park, in this 21st episode of Merely Catholic, the podcast series for The Catholic Herald. For most of my adult life, I’ve been happy to accept the musing of Oscar Wilde, in defending The Picture of Dorian Gray,that ‘there is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.’
Her deeply traumatic past and thirst for vigilante justice aside, Emerald is the closest thing the novel has to a stand-in character for a general audience. Like many Brits, she pokes fun at faith – especially Christianity – but is not openly hostile to it. Entering Father Baines’ parish church, she undergoes a sublime-like experience that she does not quite have the vocabulary to fringe. “She was not touched by a sense of history like she had been at the well in North Wales. There was something more than that. There was something alive within that church, something present but unseen, something too beautiful to put into words, something ineffable, something holy – something like a burning bush.”
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I'll be on Radio Maria England's Just Life programme ( https://lnkd.in/eqVqabkN) to talk about The Beast of Bethulia Park ( https://amzn.eu/d/axOkard) and the '21st century Catholic novel' for an hour from 10am on Friday June 16. The programme will also feature some music mentioned in the book - so expect a bit of John Lennon and Glen Campbell. There is, in fact, quite a lot of darkness in “The Beast of Bethulia Park,” and at times it feels a little like the author has attempted to do too much, particularly when an older priest — a Jesuit, no less — bounces into the story to consider the problem of spiritual oppression, advises Baines to read Adolphe Tanquerey, Jérôme Ribet and other heavy-duty theological mystics and then more or less bounces out, leaving the reader a bit breathless. Do you remember, Tafida Raqeeb who in 2019 suffered from a sudden brain injury which left her fighting for her life. She was taken to Italy for further treatments. Further information can be found in www.tr-foundation.org.Green likes to present himself in this way.It is how he sees himself.In a recent interview with the Guardian, he brushed off objections to the sexually explicit language in his children’s books as ‘a convenient excuse for homophobia’.