The Monk Downstairs (Monk)
Rebecca Martin is a single mother with an apartment to rent and a sense that she has used up her illusions. I had the romantic thing with my first husband, thank you very much, she tells a hapless suitor. I'm thirty-eight years old, and I've got a daughter learning to read and a job I don't quite like. I don't need the violin music. But when the new tenant in her in-law ap...more
I dreamt in the language of this book for days. After I was finished I held it for a long, long time...
I was in love with this monk, who is sexual, charming, innocent, funny, spirited, and true believer, and who makes a believer of the woman who loves him. If you'd like to read a compelling...more
I have the new book, The Monk Upstairs, and look forward to reading it.
The Monk Downstairs is basically a love story: a jaded, smart single mom (Rebecca) with all the kooky baggage that comes with that title rents an extra room to a kind, spiritually lost, wanderer (Mike) who turns out to be a runaway monk with a penchant for gardening, cigarettes, meditation, and candor. Their relationship grows into a romantic one, and the story tells how.
But what makes thi...more
It's not quite a typical love story...more
Maybe that was what real love was, being willing to charge toward the busy, noisy place that someone else inhabited and find what comfort there you could. p140
She felt like making phone calls: to Bonnie, to her mother. The situation called for consideration at length. But she suspected that both women would be unreservedly supportive of the kiss and its potential consequences. Bonnie believed that love could be competently assembled from availa...more
I liked Rebecca's mom, Phoebe. She lives in Bolinas, surrounds herself with interesting people & has a...more
It's a love story that is told with great perceptiveness and tenderness. I was really impressed by the author's ability to get inside his female protagonist's head. All of the characters were well-imagined, and their interactions were very believable.
It's also a sort of meditation on how one pursues a spiritual path through life, and on that level it's just as successful. It's incredibly hard to write about spiritual matters without sounding either trite or pedantic. Farringt...more
This book is hard to classify, actual...more
Great so far!!
Interesting characters, interesting parallels (not too subtle and not overly done), gems of word choice here and there (again, not over-done).
I'm eager for my next chance to sit down and keep reading!
After finishing it:
I had to remind myself that the book was written by a male author. His portrayal of his female character (her motivations, fears, etc) was insightful. It was his male character that occasionally left me wondering about his motivati...more
I loved Michael Christopher, who was painted just as I would hope an ec-monk would be.
I loved Mary Martha, and the weight on MC's mind about the dilemma between Mary and Martha, and action and prayer.
The whole boo...more