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I Leap Over The Wall

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Barlow Press (first published 1949)
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I read this about 52 years ago, is my best guess. It made a tremendous impression on me for then, you see, women basically didn't leave convents. If they did, no one certainly ever wrote a book about it.

What is amazing is that I clearly remember the night a girl I heard of had entered the convent in Fort Madison. My high school girlfriend, Theresa, and I were very struck by being told this by her mother, as we were happily eating chips and drinking Pepsis. Of a sudden, we realized that all such
This is an autobiographical novel covering the first couple of years after Baldwin left an enclosed order during WW2. There are interesting (brief) insights into the life of enclosed orders pre-Vatican 2. However, for the most part the story is fairly hum-drum and dull. Baldwin refers to her Uncle, the Prime Minister and her family generally on a number of occasions and I wondered if perhaps this book had greater appeal in the 40's and 50's because of the associated 'celebrity'. I barely got to ...more
Monica writes about her life with honesty, highlighting the many contrasts she experienced. She shows foolhardiness and wisdom, weakness and strength, fear and courage, joy and sadness, but mostly of her (and our) ability to make huge changes to life, whatever and whenever that may be. She entered the convent in 1914, just as the first world war began. Her emergence from the enclosre she had chosen, 28 years later in 1941, left her facing not only the immense difficulties of life during the seco ...more
Jen Wong
I have read it before, and remembered it as being good. It started off great, life as a nun is fascinating. But soon it gets tiresome, especially all the sections unnecessarily in French.
I read it out of interest in enclosed monastic life, and she certainly does provide information, but it's woven into the main story of how she adjusted to life after the convent. This is interesting too, at first, as her struggles happen during WWII and give and interesting picture of that time. Eventually though, the book devolves into jobs she didn't get, or got and didn't like, and relatives she stayed with. I skimmed the last 1/3.
Sonia Gomes
I felt terribly sad when I read this book.
Monica Baldwin never criticizes the Convent where she spent her entire youth. I only wish she had left the Convent at the age of 27 when she began to think she had made a mistake, somehow she waited another 18 years, but she did leave and wrote a memoir, that I call courage.
Angelo Love
Nov 12, 2010 Angelo Love marked it as to-read
Title in Portuguese: Saltei o Muro - Mónica Baldwin
(trad_Teresa Leitão de Barros)
(Tavares Martins ed., 1962)

- A book about the abandonment of the vote.

- Paper veneer and read a little.

I leap over the wall – Mónica Baldwin
Jun 23, 2008 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: modern
I really adored this book. Her vision of her peers, her history and struggles, and ultimate decisions are fascinating. It doesn't have a wide enough audience, but I think it's really a jewel.
Candid, thoughtful, and unique. Provides a clear glimpse of a very closed world.
Nov 27, 2009 Maggie marked it as to-read
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