Sunday, 9 October 2016
The Road to Corbyn
When the financial crisis burst forth in 2008, Rob Donovan was able to sense the historical significance of the event.
He began to collect and collate material from a wide range of sources. He hoped that this activity would help him to understand what had happened and what was still happening.
By the year 2013 Rob Donovan had begun the task of writing what he described as "a secular fantasy" in the style of a pilgrimage through the landscape of the UK.
In this way, he proposed to "expose the real meaning behind austerity and Tory neo-Liberalism."
In the style of Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, The Road to Corbyn starts with the conceit of a dream in which Pilgrim, described as a "contemporary seeker after truth" is introduced to the characters of Hope, Charity and the Interpreter.
The role of the Interpreter is to act as Pilgrim's guide, offering him the "big picture" of humanity and its developmental, especially during the last several centuries.
The book is, in essence, a sort of anti-Pilgrim's Progress, working as a anti-Christian counterpoint to the beliefs of John Bunyan.
I am sorry to say that I fear the book does not work particularly well in that it is based on a number of presumptions that might or might not have any validity.
It is published by Matador at £8.99.