He’s right, I think. It’s inspiring to meet someone so centered and grounded. So sure of what he wants that he’s willing to turn down what we normally call success to have it.
The ‘Intermission’ is the best and most definitive chapter of the book. I took away an insight, here, and an important nuance: religion, and specifically Christianity, is not a physical thing. And as an historical idea, it shouldn’t be, and can’t be, parsed using the same tools that we use for, say, genetics.
I don’t know if the history is right or wrong; it was close enough from my vantage. The plain fact is that I don’t read historical novels for fealty to events.