The Knowledge Stone - Jack McGinnigle
The three stories in The Knowledge Stone span fourteen centuries, from the Dark Ages to the present day. First the reader joins two young farm slaves in the 7th Century AD to experience the brutal realities of their common lives. Next the reader is taken into the privileged life of a high-born, haughty and extremely cruel teenage girl in the 14th Century. Finally the reader enters the world of a feckless, dishonest and manipulative middle manager in a typical, large commercial firm in the 21st Century. Woven round the mysterious Knowledge Stone, all three stories draw the reader into a complex web of human actions, emotions and relationships. These are manifest in tightly-knit, often claustrophobic situations filled with acute drama and tragedy. But the acquisition of the Knowledge Stone by one of the characters in each case alters everything. The awesome meaning of its fundamental presence and power becomes clear in the concluding reflections.