Friday 22 June 2007

23. Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

I just now finished the second part of Kushner's Angels in America, and I loved it just as much as I loved Part One. The religious hints of the first part were more fully developed here and the result was bittersweet - God has abandoned us and the world, but we can take and confer blessings ourselves.

In the context of the AIDS crisis of the 80s, this is tremendously hopeful. Yet now, the world is trying to forget and ignore the AIDS crisis as it is now manifesting, as a disease not limited to those on the social periphery - and this blindness is terrifying. I wonder what Kushner would say, or what a third part of Angels in America would look like, written now.

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