The Religion

The Religion An acknowledged classic in the horror genre THE RELIGION tells the story of a Professor of Anthropology who relocates with his young son to New York City after the accidental death of his wife and t

  • Title: The Religion
  • Author: Nicholas Condé
  • ISBN: 9780985391720
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An acknowledged classic in the horror genre, THE RELIGION tells the story of a Professor of Anthropology who relocates with his young son to New York City after the accidental death of his wife, and the way father and son become unknowingly enmeshed in the ongoing practice of Voodoo and other voodoo based cults that survive in some of the city s communities Suggested byAn acknowledged classic in the horror genre, THE RELIGION tells the story of a Professor of Anthropology who relocates with his young son to New York City after the accidental death of his wife, and the way father and son become unknowingly enmeshed in the ongoing practice of Voodoo and other voodoo based cults that survive in some of the city s communities Suggested by carefully researched material, including police files and newspaper archives, the book supposes the continuing practice of human sacrifice for the purpose as in ancient beliefs of averting the wrath of divine forces, perhaps even to avert the end of civilization Embracing the story of a father s love for his endangered young son, as well as a man s needful quest to find happiness again after a personal tragedy, THE RELIGION makes real what many must think impossible It is not, however just a suspenseful story, nor merely a gripping emotional experience, but an informative examination of the primitive urges in Mankind that give rise to beliefs that can be at times sacred and holy, and at other times, misguided and profane The book iwas adapted into the movie The Believers starring Martin Sheen, and directed by the reknowned English director John Schlesinger, but as only a book can do, it delves much eeper into the history, and detail of the contemporary practice of Voodoo than is possible in the film.

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    1. For all its flaws, I enjoyed this book, at least toward the end.The characters were rather boring and lifeless. In particular the main character is a ridiculous plot device. He's an anthropologist who is said to understand diverse cultures, but he sounds completely clueless and intolerant through most of the book (except when convenient). The inaccurate depiction of Santeria and Vodou is forgivable since it's not meant to be a documentary and it's still a lot closer than most stories on the subj [...]

    2. "Οι δαιμονισμένοι", εκδόσεις Bell.Ενδιαφέρον και καλογραμμένο θρίλερ τρόμου, με όλα τα καλούδια και τα κλισέ του είδους του και της δεκαετίας που γράφτηκε. Αν σας λέει κάτι ο τίτλος στ'αγγλικά (The Believers), είναι ίσως επειδή έχετε δει την ταινία του 1987, σε σκηνοθεσία John Schlesinger και με [...]

    3. "Intriguing, informative and suspenseful" is the best way to describe this well written book. It was also an educational experience to read more about Santeria and Voodoo religions, which also so happens to be very common here in Los Angeles. In the beginning of the novel, I found it a little unbelievable that Cal, an anthropologist who studied in the Philippines and other primitive communities found the beliefs of Voodoo in civilized societies to be inconceivable. It only makes sense that immig [...]

    4. I loved it. A thrilling and scary page turner. The Religion is the story of an anthropologist, Cal Jamison, who gets pulled into dark and frightening activities involving Voodoo and Santeria. The Religion is a straight forward thriller, but within the narrative Condé subtly and intriguingly explores deeper considerations of family, spirituality, power, ethics, and psychology. However, this book is no more about real Santeria than The Exorcist is about real Catholicism. Santeria is a device, lik [...]

    5. Este foi o mais recente livro a ser arrumado numa das prateleiras do quarto. Comprei-o num alfarrabista da Feira do Livro de Losboa deste ano por me ter parecido interessante. Por vezes gosto de fugir um pouco da fantasia e da FC para me refugiar noutros estilosInfelizmente para mim desta vez a coisa não correu bem. Temos então a história de um professor de antropologia e do seu filho pequeno que se mudam para Nova Iorque após o falecimento da mulher (assassinada por uma torradeira). É pouc [...]

    6. I read this book when I was quite young, perhaps 13/14 and it had quite a strong impact upon me. I'd never read anything so disturbing however I think it served to open my mind rather than influence me in any particular direction. I can only vaguely recall the plot but my reactions of disgust at some scenes remain strong. I remember feeling a certain dirtiness after reading it but even at that age it helped me to understand that life was sometimes like that and that the best attitude to have is [...]

    7. This book Was a trip and my very first look into what Santeria was. As far as introdction's go? It was horrible. It was okay writing but the research involved witht he writing of this book and the the making of it's eventual movie was a travesty to not only Santeria but of writing and of story telling ever. I don't reccomend reading this book, unless you want a distorted view of what Santeria is.

    8. Would have been better if the main character had not been an anthropologist and instead was some other type of academic. Too much of the book was spent thinking that a real anthropologist would not be having the bigoted reactions Cal was having. Other than that (I'm forgiving the racism due to the year this was written), the pacing was slow but the plot was interesting.

    9. One of the most terrifying novels of our time. Nicholas Conde is a master at creating atmosphere and suspense. You really feel for the good guys and fear the villains, all of which are three dimensional. There are plenty of juicy twists and the ending is a knockout. I also recommend the film based on it called The Believers with Martin Sheen and Helen Shaver.

    10. August 2006 -- Monroe Public Library, Monroe, CT -- Horribly and Trashy horror novel. Unlikeable book about Voodoo.

    11. I found this novel to be a surprisingly good thriller. The title on my book said The Believers which made it a little hard to find in .

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