Fair Reprieve

Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age
by Gregory Wolfe
ISI, 2011
(278 pages, $29.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Franklin Freeman

Reading Gregory Wolfe’s Beauty Will Save the World, I was reminded more than once of a movie, The Lives of Others (2006), that William F. Buckley, Jr., said was the best he had ever seen. In that movie, an East German secret police (Stasi) officer is assigned to spy on a famous playwright. This officer, Wiesler, is a true believer in Communism, unflinching in his ruthlessness, if needed, in interrogation, and seemingly unbending in his convictions. But as he eavesdrops on all that goes on in the playwright’s apartment, he learns that . . .

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Franklin Freeman is a freelance writer living in Saco, Maine, with his wife and four children.

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