The story itself is strange and yet fascinating.
I’ve actually somewhat surprised myself by deciding, in the end, that this book is a “must-read”.
You see, I first tried to listened The Tenth Parallel about a year ago. After about an hour of the book, started and stopped and started more times than I could count – I just wasn’t really following. Or interested. I was confused and unsure that I was going to like the book, since so far I hadn’t even managed to become immersed in the story. So I did something rare forms with an audiobook … I set it aside to try again another time.
As far as a re-imagining goes, this version is most creative in its style of narration.
This was probably one of the most fun books I’ve read – or listened to – in a while.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that instead of just sticking with her preconceptions about evangelical Christians, Welch really got into the positives that she saw as well. In the same frankness as she discussed Falwell’s homophobic sermons, she also shows her readers the simple kindnesses that her “fellow churchgoers” show her and each other.