Walter Moss: But like Tolstoy’s War and Peace or Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, The Big Green Tent overflows with families and people, and not just those related to the three main protagonists.
Walter G. Moss: Although others have written of Boyle’s many skills as a writer of fiction—including his wit and descriptive and narrative powers, which are plentiful in this novel—here I will focus on its insights into U.S. violence.
Walter Moss: In depicting Markin through his own narration, Marra does a good job portraying the mentality of a communist true believer.
Walter Moss: What is so valuable about Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s films is that they reflect tensions within us between the ego-driven drive to succeed in our capitalist world and, as Abraham Lincoln once phrased it, “the better angels of our nature.”
Walter Moss: True heroes are more often the people who go quietly about their lives helping others, and only occasionally are they those who receive great recognition for such caring, but don’t seek it, like Dorothy Day and Pope Francis.