Lucia's Masks

Lucia's Masks

eBook - 2013
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"Lucia? Masks" follows the journey of six strangers who meet by chance after fleeing the psychic defilement of a barbaric totalitarian state and travel North to where they can create a free and humane society. The novel interweaves their personal histories with their experience and encounters as they journey together. The principal voice belongs to Lucia; the group? forager, an aspiring sculptress, who once cleaned office buildings for a living. Sickened by the moral decay and the dominant culture? obsession with pornography, she has chosen to seek spiritual renewal and has chosen to remain a virgin. When she leaves the city, she takes with her a ball of clay and a copy of the death mask of John Keats.

Her companions in flight from the city are the Outpacer, a former extreme hedonist and philanderer, who now hides his face and identity behind a monk? cowl; Bird Girl, a young woman constantly searching for books from the past because the libraries have been razed and all reading material is now proscribed; Chandler, a teen who was born and raised in the ?gg? a self-contained domed fortress constructed by his father to insulate them from society; Candace, a former facilitator, whose self-regard and attempts to dominate the group creates continual agitation; and Harry, an 88-year-old survivor of the society that reviles the elderly and does nothing for them.

As the group progresses towards their fragile dream amid their own bickering and frailties, they encounter a theatre box with six masks with uncanny powers that profoundly changes the way they think and behave.

Publisher: Toronto : Thistledown Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781927068786
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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David Mulholland
Mar 07, 2014

Through scenes lyrical, brutal, and erotic, Wendy MacIntyre draws us into an Orwellian world that is quite plausible in light of recent revelations. The EYE reminds us of current news stories about the intrusion into our private lives by American and Canadian spy agencies. The public sky-screens displaying licentious pornography remind us of graphic rock videos that treat sex as a mechanical act devoid of emotion. The EYE’s Citizen’s Guide reminds us of the propaganda governments expect us to accept, and how we are labelled “disloyal” if we dispute their wisdom.

MacIntyre’s literary work of art -- for that is truly what this novel is -- projects the zeitgeist into the future. Through her characters’ struggles we see how the intentional destruction of compassion undermines morality. But her strong characters dig deep, and we are shown their path to a more humane and meaningful life.

Those in the business of handing out literary awards should take note.

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