Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

I’m currently listening to a sound recording of Angelology as I drive back and forth to work.  It combines these of my insane passions, both past and present – angels, and the illusive quest for truth.  Trussoni’s book presents the idea of fallen angels living among us as fact, and a dedicated secret society bent on protecting humanity from their callous evil.  Wow. 

As a child I was fascinated by angels; as a college student I came across the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish ambassador,  scientist, philosopher, and in later years, a Christian mystic who influenced Balzac, Helen Keller and many others.  I was literally crawling around the Cooper Union library when I stumbled upon him.  That was the method I employed at the time to find information.  I didn’t learn how to use libraries until much later.

Librarians abound in Trussoni’s book; we are often afflicted with the illusion that the acquisition and cataloging of facts, fiction, myths, maps, ephemera and anything else we can get our hands on will yield truth.  This book is a very fun listen that promises to yield that fictional result.  Here is an excerpt from the container:

“Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York.  Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years:  an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.”

For further reading:

Honore de Balzac’s short stories translated by George Burnham Ives, with an introduction by Ferdinand Brunetiere. This book is a great introduction to Balzac if you haven’t had the pleasure.

The story of my life : with her letters (1887-1901) and a supplementary account of her education, including passages from the reports and letters of her teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan / Helen Keller ; with a foreword by Mervin D. Garretson. This work is also available as a sound recording and electronic resource in the catalog.

We don’t currently have anything written by Swedenborg in our collection but a nice introduction to his particular brand of craziness (The universal human and Soul-body interaction) is available at UNCG’s Jackson Library.  We do have one book about him, however – The presence of other worlds; the psychological/spiritual findings of Emanuel Swedenborg by Wilson Van Dusen.

(Kelly Prewett, Hemphill Branch Library)

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