“Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe from Byzantium to Kosovo”

Victoria Clark

I enjoyed the travel aspects of this book, especially since it’s about a region I have an interest in. Victoria Clark does a good job of talking about the political aspects of “Orthodox Europe”, but her writing about the religious aspects isn’t as on-target. It’s as if she wants the spirituality of the Orthodox world to be something it isn’t, while not quite getting in touch with what it is. She also focuses on priests and monks while ignoring all but the externals of laypersons’ faith.