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What a wonderful love story, pure and deep. There are a lot of "romance" books out there trying to sell us the meaning of love, but none come close to our heroes heart. What a concept of a book. Ms La Porta shows us that even in the midst of total suffering love does prevail and there is someone out there for everyone. Our Hero Mauricio makes your heart ache for him, knowing that although his is not unrequited love, it is next to impossible for our lovers to be together. I was utterly fascinated with this book and I can honestly say I wiped my eyes quite a few times. Thank you Monica La Porta, again for a wonderful read.
The Priest was recommended to me by several of my friends and so I eagerly downloaded it, a few hours later and I still couldn't put it down! Monica La Porta has created such a unique story line of a dystopian world where women rule and men are treated as slaves. The book is seen through the eyes Mauricio, one such slave and his doomed love of Rosie - the president's daughter. The author is an expert story teller and one of my favourite parts of the book is her beautiful prose when she describes the very first time Mauricio sets foot in the outside world. Brilliant! I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
The Priest is a dystopian book that based the slavery on gender, written by Monica La Porta. The book is overall not poorly written, Editorial there are no errors that I really noticed and overall it had a decent flow. What was never really explained is how the women came to rule, because let's face it physically they are still the weaker sex so they have to use weapons and tools to get the upper hand for the most part. The story line was a tad simplistic and one dimensional lacking depth especially in regards to the puppy love between Mauricio and Rosie. There were quite a few spots where the story seemed to drag out to me at least.
Mauricio was a weird character. On one hand he defied the women by searching for "his love" and stopped pretty much at nothing to just look at her, yet on the other hand he had no back bone whatsoever for the longest time until the very end, and no I don't do spoilers. Rosie on the other hand was a strong woman, and yes that is what this book seems to be about a superior "race" (not sure how women are a race all the sudden) of women, but in the end she fell somewhat short in my eyes and caved to the system.
I admit this book is not for me and based on what I read what the others are about I will not continue this series, I just don't think I am interested on what it has to offer and find my time is better suited reading something else.
Monica La Porta is an author that I consider to be quite gutsy. In `The Priest,' she has cleverly crafted a story that is unique in its delivery of diverse points of view. Gender distinction in marriage has become an increasingly passionate topic in our world, especially in the U.S. where it has reached the Supreme Court level. The author takes on this hot topic and turns it upside down in story form.
Throughout my read, I found myself caught up in the intricacies of the storyline itself yet, concurrently, marveling at the psychological insight that Ms. La Porta displayed in developing her characters. Mauricio, Guen, The Priestess and other characters are compelling and powerful in their own right. Their encounters with each other are vividly scripted, entertaining and exciting. Throughout the story, there was a spirited undertone that engaged me, intellectually and emotionally. When Rosie showed up, however, the quality of the undertone became vibrant; the story became infused with heart.
There were times that I found myself wanting the author to write more intensity into the scenes that highlighted prejudice, hatred, betrayal and fear. However, after a discussion with another reader, I became respectful of Ms. La Porta's wise choice to write more objectively as relates to these themes; for, in reality, the debate over gender distinction in marriage is a fierce one.
I came to this book having read Pamela Sargent's wonderful, disturbing and thought-provoking "The Shore of Women." I thought I would explore more in the feminine dystopia genre and see that other authors could offer.
What a disappointment. Compared to Sargent's book, which had compelling characters and a coherent narrative set in a dystopia built on inherent logic, this novel can only be called infantile. The characters are paper thin, the plot absurd but worst of all the treatment of the serious issue of slavery is cursory and disrespectful to the brutal reality of real life slavery, both historically and today. The "love" between the characters was more like a junior high crush. We are to believe that a man who has spent his entire life shackled indoors with no human contact can start mooning like an 8th grader with the President's daughter, who has been brought up to regard all men as scum and sub-human. "It sucks," he says at one point, describing his predicament.
I would recommend this book for 3rd graders because that is its intellectual level, but I'm sure there are many, many better books 3rd graders could and should read.
The Priest by Monica La Porta is a story of triumph over adversity and love never ending.
The main character, Mauricio is a caring and compassionate young man who is a slave in a society ruled by women. He, by pure chance, meets and falls in love with a pure breed woman (Rosie) who also just happens to be the daughter of the president. This chance encounter brings the couple together, if only for moments at a time. It is impossible for the couple to be together, but their love is undying and they risk everything to be close to one another regardless of the danger they both place themselves in.
The author's depiction of Mauricio and his life as a slave is completely believable and had me cheering him on in his pursuit of Rosie. In a world run by women, where only woman can marry one another, this poignant tale of a male slave who had not seen the outside world until his adult years will pull at your heartstrings and make you appreciate the freedoms you have every day.
Ms. La Porta has done an excellent job on this book and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
I was captivated almost from the first paragraph. To take a world so intriguing as a this one where men are slaves and women are the dominant culture and to make it work so well, totally intrigued me. I have seen it done in various ways but never so skillfully weaved together. The story of the slave used solely for his sperm and the beautiful and powerful daughter of the highest ranking woman in the world coming into contact, falling in love and ultimately becoming the catalyst for change is beautifully told. Buy the boxed set because you will want to read all of this series and it is a great deal.