These two novellas are polar opposites. They were written within a year of one another, but with entirely different intentions and under completely different circumstances. The Paradise Papers is a comedy, sometimes playful, sometimes satirical. To be sure, there are serious moments, such as the narrator’s interview with God, but even here, while theological issues of great moment are discussed, the tone is anything but that of a learned disquisition.
Quantum time takes readers into a world where traditional linear chronology has no place. Quantum time provides the mechanism by which characters in The Paradise Papers move between past and present with dizzying speed.
Comedic elements are further enhanced by literary and theological allusions. These range from the Old Testament and John Milton, through Christopher Fry, Elizabeth Peters, T.S.Eliot, and T.H.White. Recognition of these allusions provides an added degree of pleasure to readers. Satire is most obvious when characters deal with the great and ultimately intractable issues of Christian theology. Clearly, no reputable theologian would treat predestination humorously.
is completely different in both style and content. It is concerned with one of the central ideas of Buddhism: personal awakening, but without any of the satire employed in The Paradise Papers. Far from it! Here is a story of awakening that involves stillborn love and the profound sorrow and feelings of loss that were engendered.
The final chapter of White Crows on Morada Lane deals with memories of a past life. On occasion I have been asked whether this part of the novella was obtained through channeling. The answer is no. To be sure, I have often daydreamed about a life very much like the one presented here, but daydreams do not reflect reality … Or do they?
As always, readers must be prepared to suspend disbelief. The Paradise Papers does seem to be a revised and expanded version the Book of Genesis. With White Crows on Morada Lane readers will find fact and fiction tightly interwoven.
These novellas suggest several points of contrast. The most obvious include time, memory, and the fundamental nature of religion. To these could be added karmic destiny and perhaps the very nature of love itself.