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NOVEL SITUATION - 11/04/2002

CAROL PEDERSEN sees a link between the movie ‘Signs’ and an old novel concerning crop circles…

I bought an obscure discounted book the other day at a local book store because the inside flap mentioned crop circles. It was a very interesting little novel called ‘Visitation’ by an American, Don Cushman.

The book was published in 1996. It has to do with the main character, who is a priest, who starts out being an extremely conservative Catholic sent by the church authorities around the world to look into three odd circumstances. They are; a statue of the Madonna which weeps, the crop circles, and the appearance of the Virgin Mary. He is sent to discount the phenomena, but along the way, through his interaction with these discoveries and people, he discovers he can no longer be a tool of the church's dogma, etc.

Someone just mentioned to me that they heard that Mel Gibson in the new not-yet-released movie ‘Signs’ plays a priest. I am wondering if they used this book for part of the story plot, although in the novel the crop circles actually don't end up playing centre role.

Anyway, the book does have something to say about all of us who care to take such phenomena seriously, the ostracism and pressure certain parties exert against such things for various reasons, and the way people can be changed by them.

Just thought I would mention it in case anyone wants to look it up.

The publisher information is given as "A Wyatt Book for St. Martin's Press, New York." ISBN 0-312-14062-2. The jacket cover price is listed as $22.95 in the USA, but I got it discounted down to $3.99.



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