Told through the eyes and experience of Brother August, The Great Days is a disturbing tale of megalomania and submission that takes place as a spiritual community in the sparse Arizona desert prepares for the great days, a period of enlightenment, to arrive. When Papa, the cult leader, takes a ten-year-old girl, Melody, as his fifth and final wife, some followers resist.Told through the eyes and experience of Brother August, The Great Days is a disturbing tale of megalomania and submission that takes place as a spiritual community in the sparse Arizona desert prepares for the great days, a period of enlightenment, to arrive. When Papa, the cult leader, takes a ten-year-old girl, Melody, as his fifth and final wife, some followers resist. But a supreme being cannot accept doubt from his disciples, and resisters are redirected into compliance.As Papa's chief aid and spiritual interpreter, Brother August's loyalty to Papa's vision is taken for granted. But August's love for Melody and her mother jolts him from the intoxicating spell of Papa's power, and soon, August's awakening edges this fragile cult to a ferocious breaking point....
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The Great Days Reviews
a beautiful account of a disturbing subject. the writing was thick with color and flavor. i found myself re-reading sentences because they were thoroughly delicious in their description. very poetic. about half way through, it was one of those books that you can't wait to get into bed at night to continue reading and find out what happens - right up to the last chapter.
Initially, I had trouble getting into this book. Brown throws you right into the cult with all the language they use (Ego, initiates, mutters, etc.), and it was difficult for me to grasp my surroundings and understand the situation at the very beginning. But about thirty pages in, the book started to really move, and I found myself swept away in the story. I found the cult and August's reliance upon it completely believable and compelling. I loved the question of madness vs. sanity, deception vs. reality, faith vs. atheism, or all the grayer shades in between. I also enjoyed all the veiled references to Jonestown. The cult was so believable to me, I wondered if Brown had personal experience or if he was a consummate researcher--either way, I found it fascinating. Halfway through, I couldn't put it down and stayed up late last night reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Then this morning, I found myself reading while making my son's lunch one-handed (not an easy feat). Lastly, it is thrilling to read a book I enjoyed so thoroughly that was written by a Mills alum, who graduated just a few years before me. Eli Brown, you give me hope. Bravo!
This wonderful and awful story delves deeply into the heart of life in a religious cult. Shocking and heart-rending, the story unfolds through the eyes and heart and mind of August, a young man who begins to question his faith, face his fears and understand the truth in his own heart. Nicely done!
Oh my God. Couldn't read every word due to EXTREME CREEPINESS. This writer can really write - what a gift for fully realizing self-contained little universes. I typically don't like the unreliable narrator - but I cannot deny that this book is well done, however uncomfortable.
an enjoyable, if at times difficult, read - to my mind quite tragic - I had really hoped for a different outcome for the main protaganist
Well wriiten but subject matter is not for everyone.
The writing was good, perhaps it was the subject matter that was a little off-putting. Eh. So, so.
A friend of a friend wrote this book!