Germaine Reads: Reviews of new arrivals at the Germaine Library

by Lucy Charlebois-La Plante
   Some­one has to Eat the Bro­ken Egg by Shirley Knott. Pub­lished by Athens Press, a sub­sidiary of Greno­ble Pub­lish­ing House.
   Sib­ling rival­ry and birth order are exam­ined by Shirley Knott in this com­pelling illus­tra­tion of how mar­tyrs devel­op in a world that no longer seems to want or need them. This book is a fas­ci­nat­ing por­tray­al of the child­hoods of five mod­ern day mar­tyrs and the forces that shaped them. Knott, who is flu­ent in sev­en lan­guages, chose her mar­tyrs from Chi­na, Ger­many, Botswana, Haiti, and Brazil. Each of her sub­jects is treat­ed with deep respect bor­der­ing on rev­er­ence and that is prob­a­bly the weak­est ele­ment in the book. Knott fails to main­tain the dis­tance read­ers should be able to expect from some­one with Knott’s cre­den­tials. This is after all the writer who brought us From Cronus to Canaan: An Exam­i­na­tion of the Influ­ence of Pre-Lin­ear B Era Mythol­o­gy on Our Under­stand­ing of the Word of God.
   Nev­er­the­less, fans of Knott will not be dis­ap­point­ed. She has an uncan­ny abil­i­ty to make con­nec­tions out of seem­ing­ly dis­parate events and draws them so con­vinc­ing­ly as to leave no doubt in the mind of the most dis­crim­i­nat­ing of arm­chair anthro­pol­gists. We will keep read­ing Knott, regard­less of her loss of objec­tiv­i­ty, as long as she con­tin­ues to intro­duce us to places we have nev­er been and to peo­ple, such as the mar­tyrs, for whom we should all be pro­found­ly grate­ful.
   There are two copies of Some­one has to Eat the Bro­ken Egg at the Ger­maine Library.

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