The telling of a story is the purview of the teller. If that story is to be insight as to their own story, their past and how things came to be, that can be a very complicated thing. It becomes more so when that story is shaded within the prejudices seen, the slights faced, but most of all, the loss of a love, deeply felt, can change one eternally.
The story of Lilith has been told in many ways, with many perspectives. Finding one that takes a different view of the story is one thing, and it’s important. It is the telling of that story, in the here and now to a soul looking for meaning that makes for something far more. The finding of missing love, and the finding of hope when none was before.
- Title: The Fall: Conversations with Lucifer
- Author: Lori Green
- Published By: Marinated Publishing
- Length: 213 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B01N6J36VL
- Publishing Date: January 20, 2017
- This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com
The work tells the story of:
A beautiful woman. A heartbroken widower. A story of love, betrayal and vengeance that binds them together and could tear the world apart.
When a beautiful stranger approaches Rabbi Nathan Zimmerman claiming to be the devil, he’s uninterested until she proves herself the fallen angel and tells him she has a story to share. Lucifer claims she’s looking only for someone to hear how heaven betrayed her but through the layers of her story, another tale emerges. The Rabbi discovers that secrets of his own love were touched by the machinations of those above.
Lucifer’s story follows the creation of heaven and its inhabitants; God’s decision to allow free will and how the dark angel Lilith chose earth over heaven and the innocent angel Morningstar chose Lilith over all.
Morningstar’s absolute devotion to her beloved began the unraveling of what Jehovah created, bringing death to the Garden and a reckoning to those on earth and above. The resentments of Adam toward the angels and the manipulation of Cain by Lucifer began the fall of not only one angel but all innocence.
As the Rabbi questions, argues and understands, another story emerges that touches his own life. His faith is questioned, his love examined and his own future becomes cloudier.
‘Regret nothing but love’ Lucifer tells the Rabbi. But will the Rabbi’s greatest regret be in allowing Lucifer to tell her story of Genesis and the truth of her fall?
Nathan finds himself in the presence of a legend wishing to share a story. The Devil is in the details and when he comes to spend time with Morningstar, Nathan finds the story told isn’t quite what he expects. Can there be love for all and if so, what then of Nathan’s own love and how does he, and that love, matter in the grand scheme of things?
This work is possibly the most involving, complex and personally captivating work about Lilith that I have read. The emotional impact, not just from Morningstar and Lilith, but more so from Nathan, is telling in so many ways. This creates a deeply told work that allows for the reader to contemplate what was, but more so, what could have been and still what is to be.
This is a work about myths and what lays behind them in all of their aspects and meaning. The emphasis is on the telling of loves lost and found, of needs unfulfilled and how that comes to weigh upon the souls in this work. It’s not a meaningless work, there is a point, meaning for the reader to find and accept. That is rather unique and I liked that most of all here.
Nathan’s character, being the core of the story, develops wonderfully and by the end of the work, there’s a needed closure that made the path through the story have purpose. Perhaps the same cannot be said about Morningstar herself, or the missing pieces of Lilith’s puzzle, but for Nathan, the truth came to be and in knowing that truth, if held in the words of another, brought light to him once more.
If there is one issue with the story, it’s how the revelation about Lilith and Nathan’s connection to her comes. It’s too quick, too matter of fact and with all that came before that was a disappointment. But a minor one, and it didn’t take all that much away once the postscript came and Nathan’s path in the aftermath was told.
Four out of five pitchforks.
I wish the ending hadn’t been so fast and so pat. I wanted something more in the revelation of how everything tied together, but that didn’t happen. That said, the postscript was a needed delight and turned the corner back to the deeper truth in the work that mattered the most.
A thoughtful and involved work that spoke of many things and did so in a way that I adored.