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The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong
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Jul 31, 14

Recommended to Sull by: library find.
Read from May 26 to June 01, 2010

Wow, a bomb of a book! KA entered a convent straight out of school in the early 60's, then left it 7 years later in the late 60's. She entered when shirtwist dresses & respect for one's elders was the norm & came out when drugs, sex & rock&roll had changed tidy well-mannered young people into angry messy, protesting youth with missions. So KA was shell-shocked, entering a world transformed. Her undiagnosed epilepsy added to her bewildered sense of being separate--almost walled-off--from the rest of the real world.

It's an excellent, involving book. She conveys her eventual re-birth and re-integration into her life honestly, without fuss. Eventually she found a meaningful job, voice, life path, happiness. Then the book gets duller, of course, & meanders into lecturing philosophy instead of personal anecdotes. Her ideas on religion are great--my husband is a fan of her later writing, I was surprised to discover--just not so compelling as the personal journey that got her to them....

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