Sunday, 19 February 2017

What, no mosques in Canada? Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Writing about Jesuits, saints and religious faith without irony or outright anger probably doesn’t have much cachet in today’s publishing industry. Nor would the fist fight between the male narrator and a woman, resulting in sex, have made it past one of today’s eagle-eyed feminist sensitivity readers, which are apparently the latest SJW requirement at enlightened publishing houses. No, indeed, Davies would have been ordered to rewrite that scene. And change the narrator’s lifelong interest in saints. In fact, Fifth Business would need a jolly good edit if it were to see the light of day in the current climate of wailing and offence.

It’s remarkable that a book published in 1970 should find itself out of fashion so quickly, and is thus an interesting barometer by which to gauge Gramsci’s long march through the institutions, and the damage thereby inflicted. Set in Canada, from 1908 until 1970, it also provides a glimpse into a time when mosques, Somalian Muslims and Sharia law were as alien to True North Strong and Free as they should have remained.

Are white elderly males even allowed to publish books in Canada today? 

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