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4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
What does it take for a woman to be judged saintly? In this wily, wonderfully original novel, Michèle Roberts tells the story of the fictional Saint Josephine: her life and death, her childhood and evolution from woman to nun to abbess, her unlikely canonization. The more we discover, the more incredible her sainthood seems. Who was Saint Josephine? Craven nun or fearless ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 8th 1999 by Mariner Books (first published 1997)
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Sonia Gomes
Jan 12, 2010 Sonia Gomes rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who would like to know more about Catholic saints and their strange lives
The central story of St. Josephine is sad, funny and much more. You however do get confused, is St. Josephine a harlot or a miracle worker ?
I think the reader has to work it out for herself.
But Roberts does give us an insight into the strange lives of some women saints, some of these stories leave you open mouthed with the feeling
'Do such things really happen ?' or Do saints get canonised for stuff such as this"!
A good read if you want to know more about saints of middle ages and their strange l
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Mew
Nov 08, 2009 Mew rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
I couldn't get into this at all. The jumping around between narratives confused me and bored me. Some of the themes running through the book seemed to be there purely for the 'shock' factor. A miserable start to 2010!
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Michèle Brigitte Roberts is the author of fifteen novels, including Ignorance which was nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction and Daughters of the House which won the W.H. Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in June 2007. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud: Stori ...more
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