Fr. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C.
Director of Campus Ministry and Alumni Minister
BOOK: "A Game of Thrones" (1996) by George R.R. Martin
I find A Game of Thrones, the first novel in J. R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series to be absolutely fascinating. This series has set a new standard for what I look for in novels. And it provides almost endless themes for me to think of as source material for my homilies. It has just about everything you can think of. Of course, there’s good versus evil, but mostly every character, like each one of us, is an interesting mix of both. No character epitomizes this more than Tyrion, the dwarf son of one of the ruling families of the realm. He is a lecher, sarcastic and sharp tongued, but he really is a man of honor, one of the few characters who usually ends up trying to do the right thing despite himself.
There is so much intrigue in the storyline that I soon learned not to trust anyone. In a society based on family blood-lines, often times one’s worst enemy is your own brother, sister, mother or father. And no one is ever safe. Bad things happen to both the good and the bad suddenly and without mercy. Major characters that I’ve grown to love and care for have been unexpectedly wiped out, leaving me absolutely devastated. In many ways it is a brutal world, not unlike our own. It reminds me how lucky I am that I trust in a God of love who promises a different kind of Kingdom.
It takes J.R.R. Martin about five years to write one of these novels, but I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out. When it does appear, I’ll need to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory of all of the plot lines and myriad characters. It’s more complicated then Organic Chemistry!
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