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Lying Prophets   By: (1862-1960)

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In Lying Prophets by Eden Phillpotts, readers are taken on a thought-provoking journey that explores the themes of deceit, faith, and the power of truth. Set against the backdrop of a quaint English village, the novel centers around the town's religious community and the arrival of a charismatic prophet, whose persuasive words bewitch the inhabitants.

What makes this book truly captivating is Phillpotts' eloquent storytelling. His writing style is rich in detail, painting vivid landscapes and fleshing out well-rounded characters. With each turn of the page, the author skillfully weaves a complex web of emotions, beliefs, and motivations that keep readers engrossed until the very end.

One of the book's strongest and most intriguing aspects is the author's exploration of the human propensity to believe in something greater than ourselves. The central conflict arises when the prophet's prophecies clash with the established religious beliefs of the community, forcing the villagers to question their own faith and confront their deepest doubts. Through this exploration, Phillpotts invites readers to reflect on the nature of belief systems, the peril of blind faith, and the consequences of false prophets.

The characters in Lying Prophets are masterfully developed, each reflecting a specific aspect of human nature that resonates with readers on a profound level. From the protagonist, a skeptical and inquisitive clergyman, to the alluring yet enigmatic prophet, each character adds depth and complexity to the narrative. Their struggles, fears, and internal conflicts are depicted with such authenticity that readers will undoubtedly find themselves emotionally invested in their journeys.

Furthermore, Phillpotts' capability to tackle controversial themes with grace and sensitivity is commendable. The author presents a balanced perspective throughout the book, allowing readers to ponder the boundaries between truth and lies, while emphasizing the potential dangers of religious manipulation. This thematic depth adds a layer of intellectual stimulation to the novel, making it a rewarding read for those yearning for more than just entertainment.

At times, the pacing can be a bit slow, as the novel is heavily focused on introspection and philosophical debate. Yet, the slower tempo serves to highlight the book's central themes and provides readers with ample time for introspection and contemplation.

In conclusion, Lying Prophets by Eden Phillpotts is an engaging and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of faith, truth, and the power of persuasion. With its well-crafted prose, multi-dimensional characters, and exploration of profound themes, this book is a must-read for those seeking a intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding literary experience.

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Author of "Down Dartmoor Way," "Some Everyday Folks" "The End of a Life," etc.

"'Tis like this: your man did take plain Nature for God, an' he did talk fulishness 'bout finding Him in the scent o' flowers, the hum o' bees an' sichlike. Mayhap Nature's a gude working God for a selfish man but she ed'n wan for a maid, as you knaws by now. Then your faither his God do sit everlastingly alongside hell mouth, an' do laugh an' girn to see all the world a walkin' in, same as the beasts walked in the Ark. Theer's another picksher of a God for 'e; but mark this, gal, they be lying prophets lying prophets both!" Book II., Chapter XI.





Away beyond the village stands a white cottage with the sea lapping at low cliffs beneath it. Plum and apple orchards slope upward behind this building, and already, upon the former trees, there trembles a snowy gauze where blossom buds are breaking. Higher yet, dark plowed fields, with hedges whereon grow straight elms, cover the undulations of a great hill even to its windy crest, and below, at the water line, lies Newlyn a village of gray stone and blue, with slate roofs now shining silver bright under morning sunlight and easterly wind. Smoke softens every outline; red brick walls and tanned sails bring warmth and color through the blue vapor of many chimneys; a sun flash glitters at this point and that, denoting here a conservatory, there a studio... Continue reading book >>

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