I thought it might be interesting (and educational) to have a thread devoted to what non-Orthodox fictional texts we find to be interesting, inspirational, thought-provoking, etc. People have been saying that we should have a wider variety of discussions on the board, so here's a chance
Personally, I'd like to mention The Ballad of the White Horse
by G.K. Chesterton. The whole piece is really wonderful, and it's hard to just give an excerpt without giving a large amount of text, but if I could try, I'd like to give one of my favorite parts of the piece. Chesterton has King Alfred of England asking the Mother of God (who is standing before him):
"When our last bow is broken, Queen,
And our last javelin cast,
Under some sad, green evening sky,
Holding a ruined cross on high,
Under warm westland grass to lie,
Shall we come home at last?"
The Mother of God corrects King Alfred on a number of things he is misunderstanding, both about the world and about heaven. One of my favorite passages in the whole piece is this part of her answer to him though:
"But you and all the kind of Christ
Are ignorant and brave,
And you have wars you hardly win
And souls you hardly save."