Month: October 2011


I take this opportunity to be more specific about an aspect of my novel, Of Good And Evil, which previously has not been commented on. That aspect is nobility.

As an author I strive to achieve some sense of nobility in my work, and hopefully this striving results in literary growth enjoyed even more by my readers. We all have our own notion of nobility, but as a concept it is not easily defined and even more difficult to do so in a novel such as mine where nobility has to be sensed more than defined. But finally, I feel I have achieved this sensing in my current thriller.

As shown on the two previous postings here, and elsewhere on this blog, those reviewers who have read Of Good And Evil feel it to be a brilliant story reflecting extraordinary skills; one so finely written, so well plotted and paced, its vibrant characters resonating so perfectly with plot and locations, that the reader is transfixed from beginning to end. But beyond this, never mentioned by reviewers, myself nor others, the novel has a breadth of deeper meaning interweaving through it, no matter how well disguised; an intangible elixir giving soul to the story, one that has to seep into the psyche rather than be descrbed intellectually.

This elixir is emerging nobility, the integrity and heart of the novel, its force subtle and slowly seizing until its grasp becomes paramount.

But this nobility defying rote definition is a fine balance to achieve when also dealing with the evasive concept of good and evil subject to individual emotional interpretation or philosophical or religious views, which in turn is subject to convolution no matter from which view. Nobility in this convolution can take on different perspectives. One is that nobility is always inherent in good. But even when good and nobility are forced to be twisted into its own evil? Another perspective is that even evil can possess nobility when it is a small evil in the service of a much larger good. True? Mixing nobility with good and evil often evokes more disturbing questions than true and helpful answers, reducing one to dealing with the moment.

Nobility really stands on its own, independent of good and evil considerations. Nobility is a spirit; a pressing spirit seeking deserving liberation of the soul enabling one to graciously give benefit to deserving others, and this is beyond good and without evil. The catch is it can be tricky.

Read Of Good And Evil to find out just how tricky.