Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Great Short Story on the Complexities of Life

El Catrin
By Kenneth Weene

I'm a great admirer of author Weene's short stories and novels, mostly based on the human condition. El Catrin is no exception due to the excellent venues he uses to make a story memorable.

Father Eduardo is an unusual priest in that he allows the native rites and passages to intermingle within the doctrine of the Catholic Church. His parish, a little Indian village is highly religious, living by both their own pagan practices and those of the Church. And it is his whole life; these people with their problems, enthusiam and deep devotion to God and themselves.

The village is a Garden of Eden and like Eden, contains both beauty and disobedience. Two brothers, one loving and kind, the other hating that brother reminds one of Cain and Abel. A prank by the one brother is not meant to be a joke, as the startling ending denotes. Author Kenneth Weene never disappoints the reader and this poignant short story is proof of it.

Micki Peluso: author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great review, Micki. It makes me want to read the story!! It describes without telling too much and that's how it's supposed to be! You're so good in this!! :-)