Shauli Chakraborty

Fynn, as described by Vernon Sproxton in his Introduction to Mister God, This Is Anna, has a strongly developed feminine side which can only be described as skin stretched over tenderness. Sproxton also concludes that Fynn is the sort of person who gives you the impression that though he has been tossed about by life his feet have firmly touched the bottom. And that is to say that Fynn’s Anna has a striking resemblance to Lucy and Heidi novels. Just as Wordsworth preached through his poems the theory of pantheism and how the child is closest to God when she is little and innocent, Fynn too explains Anna’s extraordinary ability for deduction and faith through his two bestsellers Mister God, This Is Anna and Anna And The Black Knight. The books have universal appeal in the sense that anybody can read them anytime and each time they can open a new window in your mind. They have a tendency to make you keep going back to them, if only to know what Anna made of your ideas. Anna is suspicious of people going to church and the whole business of collective worship does not appeal to her at all. Through Anna, we see Fynn questioning the methods of the Church but not the Church itself. There is no undercurrent of controversy. When the local parson asks her if she believed in God she says ‘Yes’. When he goes on to ask her why she did not go to church, Anna replies, “Because I know it all!…I know to love Mr God and to love people and cats and dogs and spiders and flowers and trees… with all of me… And God said love me, love them, and love it, and don’t forget to love yourself.” For Anna you went to church to get the message and once you got it you lived with it all your life, perhaps making modifications along the way. Those who kept going to church repeatedly, Anna thought, either didn’t get the message or did it just for ‘swank’. That’s a strong statement coming from a five-year-old and even more difficult one for a 16-year-old Fynn to come to terms with. Even in her death Anna is curt: “Fynn, I bet Mister God lets me get into heaven for this.” The relationship between Anna and Fynn is more like the one between two friends who get along extremely well but are destined to part ways. The books are a refreshing. Pick them up and confront yourself. That way even theological undercurrents could prove to be fascinating!

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