Today across the world people look at what they believe in and will question their Faith. In some there is no reason for religion as they believe there is no higher power, where others are willing to die for what they believe. Books are written that will drive the intellectual to question what they understand about the world around them.
The John MacGregor book Propinquity will take the reader into such a world of discovery as we follow young men grow into who they become. Their lives will take different roads of discovery but at some point live will bring them back together.
One of these young men is Clive Lean who goes to school living somewhat in the shadow of his rich father. He’s a young man that is after a future in medicine and has the intelligence to make this happen. The reader will get the sense out of this by the way MacGregor writes the character and his friends. These are men that are not afraid to use words that may require the use of a dictionary.
Clive’s friend Julian Lake is just as intelligent as Clive, but seems to question life as he goes through school Instead of following his dreams the young man goes for a walk in the outback of Australia. He goes out in search of what life means to him and along those travels he finds himself meeting some unique people He gets a sense of his life and not long after Lake is on his way to another adventure.
This is what the reader will get out of many of the first chapters of the book. An introspective look at the main character as the travel their paths of life. The story moves smoothly as we read along to the narrators tone and use of humor. Some may find the humor fleeting, or dry, but there is enough there to help those first chapters seem to move along at a good speed.
It’s not till Clive meets what could be the love of his life or at most his intellectual equal. Samantha Goode, Sam, has special access to Westminster Abbey where there just happens to be some secrets buried. As Sam hints to Clive about what could be hidden curiosity will eventually get the better of them and exploring they will go. It is under the Abbey that they find Henry VII’s widow, Berengaria of Navarre.
Berengaria is not a character many know from their history books but her story will engage the readers. As Clive and Sam begin to read the secret papers buried with the woman they begin to question if she is in fact alive. This will take them on a journey that will reconnect them with friends of old and discoveries that will leave the reader enthralled. The reader will be brought to questions that are perfect for the world we live in.
Propinquity was written in the early 1980’s but the soul of the book is set in such a way it works today. In truth as you read the book and see the questions the characters ask themselves you would think this was a new book. In a way this makes the book timeless as it fits so perfectly with not only today’s world but the period it was written.
The book has been compared to other great historical mysteries that have been written. The problem is that Propinquity is stand alone. Its message, its story, came well before the books it is compared to. The difference is that the publisher of this book did it an injustice by printing so few copies. Readers are fortunate that the book is again available as an EBook. I have avoided referencing the books it has been compared to but to help show who may enjoy this book I must. The book has been compared to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. As a reader you may see some of those elements but this was written well before Brown’s book. It’s a book that is for the mind and the soul as you will question your believes and learn as you read.