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Malcolm Muggeridge Religion

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Malcolm Muggeridge was a controversial figure even before he popularized Mother Teresa. He was banned from the BBC in 1955 for calling the British Royal family ‘A royal soap opera.” He was a vehement skeptic of not just religion, but of life in general. Muggeridge was an author for various newspapers, and, as television became more popular, he became a popular figure on the news. He converted to Christianity soon after meeting with Mother Teresa for the first time in 1968. Reluctant at first, he soon grew amazed at the reaction of people worldwide to the interview. Soon he was back in Calcutta (Mother Teresa’s home, and one time capital of India) filming a documentary, with the title “Something Beautiful for God.” In 1971 he wrote a…show more content…
So, starting with “accuracy of setting”, we can already see that there is a problem with the book. It presents the slums of Calcutta as unending, the poverty there nearly overwhelming. It isn’t Muggeridge's fault; this seems to be Mother Teresa’s perspective coming through. She had seen, and lived in, Calcutta’s slums for decades, presenting an obvious bias. How trustworthy is a journalist’s article, when their primary source has only truly experienced one side of a city? Bias, and thus inaccuracy, is inevitable. Mother Teresa also felt uneasy in the wealthier areas of Calcutta, for example, a quote from page 23, “I noticed that she seemed to become restless and uneasy when we were passing through the more affluent districts of the town.” The setting isn’t terribly inaccurate however, it’s simply incomplete. Second, the comprehensiveness of the plot is also left lacking because, “I should explain, in the first place, that Mother Teresa has requested that nothing in the nature of a biography or biographical study of her should be attempted.” ...is the first sentence of the book. Muggeridge acknowledges this, then proceeds to give minimal attention to her background. For a large portion of the book, he seems to be trying to walk the fence, paying little attention to her early life, but extending considerable attention to his time with her. But he does give the information, and tell her story, albeit loosely, making the work a biography, unfortunately one that leaves wanting more in the way of plot. The third criteria is “balanced characters.” The first is Muggeridge. He seems to be presented honestly, or, as honest as someone can portray themselves. Then there’s Mother Teresa. Muggeridge can find no fault with her. He even says that, “The same enchantment clings about her that sent the crowds chasing after
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