Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tom Saunders on Rob Saunders (or should that be Job Saunders?)
Tom Saunders, Pushcart Prize-nominated author of the excellent short story collection Brother, What Strange Place is This? made an interesting - and I think very insightful - throw-away remark.
"Rob Saunders is obviously Job from the Old Testament. It's hinted at in the title Taking Comfort."
He actually meant it as a joke, but it stunned me because one of the projects rattling around in my brain is the idea of writing a modern retelling of the Book of Job. Tom (no relation to Rob) made me realise that I'd already done it! It's the first time I've thought of Taking Comfort in this light, but I have to say I have long been fascinated by the Book of Job, mulling over its meaning, and the roles of God and the Devil in it... ever since I read Jung's Answer to Job many years ago.
Thanks Tom. It seems I can now tick something else off my to-do list.