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A Saint, More or Less: A Novel
When Nicole Tavernier, a mysterious healer, arrives in Paris in the mid-1500s, the lives of ordinary citizens, religious leaders, and members of the aristocracy are utterly transformed. Taken under the wing of the pious and politically influential Acarie family, Tavernier pursues her mission under the watchful eye and religious guidance of Barbe Acarie, a woman much admire ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Random House Trade Paperbacks
(first published 2003)
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This is an interesting story, but badly flawed in execution. It's set in late 16th & early 17th-century France, in the wake of the religious wars, the St. Bartholomew's Massacre, & the ascension of Henry IV (after his conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism). The story focuses primarily on two saintly women, both real historical characters; one's story is well preserved, the other is known mostly by references in the other's story. It's a story of faith, faith in service to the poor ...more
While reading this book, I was reminded of the atrocities perpetrated in the name of God and religion. Sadly, things haven't changed all that much - religious wars continue to this day. Realizing that Nicole's story was partly speculation, I still enjoyed the historical aspects of those transitional times.
For a non-religious person, I seem to read plenty of books about religion. This novel is a fictionalized account of Barbe Acarie and Nicole Tavernier, two women in late 16th century Paris who were both highly regarded and even venerated religious figures. However, while Barbe Acarie was later beatified, Nicole Tavernier was eventually reagrded as a fraud, and was even exorcised as a victim of diabolical possession. Grunwald uses their stories and their relationship to explore issues surrounding ...more
I kept reading this book hoping it would get better, but it never did. There is something awkward about the prose, it takes place in the 16th century, yet the conversation is written in contemporary english. Also, there are some historical inaccuracies.