As Cecilia lies ill in bed, and her family prepare for Christmas knowing she will not recover, an angel steps through her window. But Ariel is no ordinary angel - at least, he does not conform to conventional ideas of what an angel looks like and says. He likes nothing better than to sit around and chat about life, death and the universe. Through A Glass, Darkly is a spiritual and thoroughly engaging series of conversations between Cecilia and her angel. As the weeks pass and winter turns into spring, subtle changes take place in the relationship between Cecilia and her family, as she swings from feelings of anger and denial, hope and despair, to a calm acceptance of her lot. She is preparing to leave .....
..... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: They had left the bedroom door open.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 79): "Don't you think it's just as strange to be an angel?"
"We've discussed this already. The difference is that we've been here all along. Besides, we know, we'll never fall into the empty void like a spent soap bubble. We simply are, Cecilia. We are that which has always been and always shall be. You come and go."
The story of a young terminally ill girl (Cecilia) who, one Christmas, is befriended by an angel (Arial) the story is complex in so far as it takes a look at what it is to be human whist at the same time exploring life after death which though never overtly 'preachy' is told from a fairly religious point on view that might not appeal to everyone.
A great read for older children/teenagers, as an adult reading this I felt that some of the issues could have been explored more thoroughly, this is never the less a wonderfully thought provoking, in many ways, life affirming novel.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: One of husband dearest's books, this shall remain on our shelves.