|Plot Summary of Under The Mercy|
|"Published in 1985, 'Under The Mercy' is the sequel to his best-selling 'A Severe Mercy', the story of Sheldon's married life to Davy, and the intense nature of their love. I recommend this book to those who enjoyed his first book and wonder what happened next. In his words, this book is "a supplement and continuation...'A Severe Mercy' was a pilgrimage book". The matter here is more focussed on one person, but the style is still Vanauken easy-reading, with flashes of gentle humour. Despite the chances he has, he chooses not to remarry. His ongoing pilgrimage covers the Sixties and his support for the causes of the era, including feminism and segregation in America. He finally rejects the essence of feminism and joins the Catholic church."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Under The Mercy|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Political/social rights fight
- women fighting for rights
Phys disability/mental struggle?
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Commentary on society?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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