A tale of redemption brought about by ingenuous actions of an innocent child. A bold and striking novel using religion as a platform to exploit more secular and corporeal themes. Set in a boarding school on the North Wales coast in the 1940's and 1950's.Just after World War II a father sends his young son into the care of his old school, St Michael Monsalvat, an exclusive Catholic school on the scenic North Wales coast. But the boy's family perish in an air crash and he arrives at the school a destitute and vulnerable orphan. The school motto is secura nidificat - `safe nest'. But the school is not as it was in his father's day. As the boy's confessor ruefully observes, it has become a nest of vipers!Intrigue, blackmail, intimidation and depravity abound, all held together, paradoxically, by the sacred Seal of the Confessional. It falls to the orphaned Alexander to transcend the Seal and purge Monsalvat of its iniquities.The tale that follows is pregnant with foreboding throughout, leapfrogging over episodes of excoriating poignancy and outraging prurience as the story accelerates towards its epic climax.Redemptor Domus impacts on several levels. It is an unfolding of high drama, a brooding whodunit, a hot-bed of symbolism, an affirmation of comradeship, a Pandora's box of subliminal fears and, ultimately - and religiosity notwithstanding - a life-affirming experience.
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