New Town: A Fable...Unless You Believe

New Town A Fable Unless You Believe When Bernard Dayman falls asleep the nurse thinks he has died Bernard thinks so too until he opens his eyes and finds himself waiting for a bus on a street he had never traveled before Is this heave

  • Title: New Town: A Fable...Unless You Believe
  • Author: HarryBlamires
  • ISBN: 9780800759971
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Bernard Dayman falls asleep, the nurse thinks he has died Bernard thinks so too, until he opens his eyes and finds himself waiting for a bus on a street he had never traveled before Is this heaven No, it s the decaying city of Old Town As Bernard begins to explore his new surroundings crumbling beneath him, he soon realizes that he cannot stay After learning abouWhen Bernard Dayman falls asleep, the nurse thinks he has died Bernard thinks so too, until he opens his eyes and finds himself waiting for a bus on a street he had never traveled before Is this heaven No, it s the decaying city of Old Town As Bernard begins to explore his new surroundings crumbling beneath him, he soon realizes that he cannot stay After learning about the homes in New Town, Bernard becomes determined to get there and along the way discovers a thing or two about the Christian walk In the footsteps and style made popular by his college professor and friend, C S Lewis, Blamires has created an entirely original and inventive story about living the Christian life Masterful story telling and vivid metaphors make this an entertaining read for fiction enthusiasts everywhere.

    One thought on “New Town: A Fable...Unless You Believe”

    1. Years ago I read Blamires' book, The Post Christian Mind and appreciated it. That combined with the fact that he was a student and friend of C.S. Lewis gave me (moderately) high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it was a let down. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars was that it was relatively well written for what it was: an allegorical-dream narrative. As for the actual point of the book, I thought it deserved a single star. The mechanism of this story is not unlike Lewis's protagonist sl [...]

    2. Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]A man--Bernard--falls asleep (or does he die?) while under the care of a nurse. He awakens in a strange town called Old Hertham. There he encounters people familiar to him--but who have died. One is a sort of real estate agent to urges him to get on the waiting list for a home in New Town--because Old Hertham is build on faulty soil that is eroding and every home in it is condemned and not to be rebuilt. But [...]

    3. "New Town" is definitely an allegory, based (if it can be said to be based on any one verse) on John 14:2. "In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." When Bernard Dayman "dies," he wakes to find himself in a decrepit, irreparable city called Old Town. He joins the queue of people seeking homes in New Town, which stands on the other side of a divide; but even if his name is added to the List, he must still wait with tho [...]

    4. I wouldn't suggest this book. I started reading it, and was hoping it got better, it didn't. I just finished it because I didn't have much left.

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