Book Review: Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn

Mister God, this is Anna

You can find it on the Christian section in any general bookstore

The Amazon description is: From the moment Anna and Fynn locked eyes, their times together were filled with delight and discovery. In her completely frank and honest way, Anna had an astonishing ability to ask–and answer–life’s largest questions, and to feel the purpose of being. You see, Anna had a very special friendship with Mr. God.

I read that book at 17 in 1985 – not knowing it was the same year the book was published – as it is set in England, following The Blitz.

And it does not – in any way – belong in the religious section of any bookstore – and is in fact, the Ultimate Science Fiction novel in which no aliens or starships appear.

Because while Anna – who’s 5 with a huge crush on her friend, Mister God – Fynn, the narrator character, is a young man – who found an orphan in the rubble of The Blitz and the whole world was recoiling from the horrors of inhumane possibility unchecked by logic or reason – but driven by religious zealotry with an assist from co-opted and misunderstood science – and thus, misapplied and misused science.

Because while Anna’s understanding of the world is that it’s all down to Mister God – what Fynn does is to tell the story science – and make it understandable to a 5 year old, who’s been abandoned in a cruel world, but who is sure, that Mister God is watching out for her

and, the first line of the book is:

Anna did not live to see her 6th birthday.

and Fynn teaches Anna all about how to understand the universe through play – with prisms to show how light separates and Anna becomes even more enchanted by Mister God – when she sees how much magic and wonder that he has hidden in the universe……that humans don’t, even now, have the ability to see and understand – at least, not at a quantum level…..

and Anna has to die – because, if she grew up, she’s know, she’d learn that Fynn had been teaching her pure science and she would have had to turn away from her special friend – Mister God – whom Anna was sure, was always watching over her.

and I thought, when I read it – at 17 – back in 1985 – that I was prepared for how – Anna dies.

I wasn’t – I screamed NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooo

and hurled the book away from me and let it alone for a whole week, before I finally came to terms with – not the ending that I knew was coming – but the way – the horrible and pure way – that Anna does die – so that each of us – no matter what we beleive – can enjoy Anna’s playing with the universe in her quest to meet Mister God, face to face.

and I have bought many many copies of that book for people over the years

and it’s the one thing that I haven’t written that I most want to make into a movie

and not change a single thing about the book and especially, not the ending

Because I also want to produce – The Well of Loneliness – and that is an ending of a book not written by me – that absolutely MUST BE CHANGED for any Movie made in this century.

so – If you are like me – Don’t read anymore – because I am going to tell you now that you know that Anna does in fact die – and that her death is absolutely critical to understanding her relationship with her Mister God, who is not the god of any religion practised by anyone or at any time – Mister God was Anna’s alone:

Anna falls out of a tree she’s climbed too high in

wanting to get a little bit closer to Mister God

(you might want to stop reading now, it gets worse)

and she falls

(I am crying right now)

onto a metal fence,

(seriously, stop reading)

impaled

(I don’t think I can write anymore today and I was supposed to be writing the pilot for my TV Series – Beaus and Eros)
too loving and open to the universe

to live in this world

unmade by the adults and their wars

because they are all fighting for Mister God’s attention

and none of them, are paying attention to the children

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn

  1. Mister God This Is Anna was first published in 1974 not 1985. It was set in East London before the blitz, in fact by the time World War 2 began Anna was already dead. Anna was highly eclectic and everything for her was a sign of Mister God’s existence. It is a book that can resonate within all human beings but primarily those who would get the most out of it are the believers. I don’t just mean believers in God, although we do, but true believers. Believers are simply people who believe, it is what we do, we believe. In the face of pure science we can be vulnerable and in many instances simply have no defence against what science shows to be fact. You need to understand the inherent difference between what is true and truth. If you come to terms with this concept then Anna and Fynn can be your companions throughout all eternity, in whatever form you or they that may take.

    • I don’t actually consider the book to be pro-religion at all.

      in fact, what Fynn is teaching Anna is science and naturalism, which, because she is 5, she is interpreting through her own idea of the force behind life in the universe and she is calling that Mister God.

      it’s not about any particular religion and Anna has to die in the book because a person with as much curiousity as Anna would soon outgrow the need to call anything god in a religion sense of the word.

      • Even so, even if the book is read as an endorsement of the idea of there being a god

        the take away from the book is to look at the universe – at what was created

        not at what someone says was written

        especially given all the documentation that exists about how all those separated texts and

        really, early scrolls were just the blogs of their day…….

        not really different from a facebook status post in a bloggerly meaningful sense of the word

        anyway, given the documented history of the collection, compilation and editing of the separate texts – what was included and excluded

        and then complied into an anthology, with whatever the committee’s current day agenda was and then you need to factor in for copying errors and intentional changes done to the various hand writtten copies.

        honestlly, until the bible was mass produced on a the Guttenberg press, the bible was exactly like an internet web 1.0 static web page. every copy was unique.

        and most people couldn’t read. so really, from the flock point of view, it was on the word of the guy saying the words about what he claimed he read or worst, understood.

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