Book: Surveys by Richard Frenchcategories: Book, Art, Devil Worship, Marital Difficulties, University Life, Christian Faith, Mainstream Fiction, Mortal Illness, Literary Fiction
Richard Frenchabout this book: Every university provides living space, if only temporary, for a great variety of people. "Surveys" takes place at a large school in the American Midwest. A painter and his wife, a photographer, arrive on campus from Europe to paint and photograph scenes of the area. They also hope to revive their marriage and to bring imaginative sparkle to what they consider an overly rationalistic environment.
Other newcomers to campus have less benign intentions. It comes to light that a coterie of devil worshippers has settled in Millard Circle and start a chain of events that leads to several deaths -- the worst scandal at the university in decades.
The title "Surveys" refers to several things:
1. A questionnaire the devil-worshippers circulate that has to do with the end of the world.
2. The artist, Daniel Morley, and his wife Sonja have just finished a tour of the world painting and photographing various locales. The outcome of the project disappoints Daniel: he calls his work a survey and nothing deeper.
3. Daniel's work at the university also turns out to be a survey.
4. Surveys can be valuable tools and indispensable in a large democracy, but they do not bring us to the most profound and interesting areas of knowledge.
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