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Deadly Sins
Mary Gordon
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Deadly Sins

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Who among us has not enjoyed a sin or two? Sinners all, we've each been tempted! Here are eight renowned authors discoursing on their favorite transgressions. Without guilt one can savor these ruminations in which Thomas Pynchon energetically defends Sloth, Mary Gordon discusses the joys of Anger, Gore Vidal shames us into modesty in his commentary on Pride, and John Updik ...more
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by William Morrow & Company (first published September 20th 1994)
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Jul 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to have read a lot of books by Mary Gordon over the years. I'm not sure why this is the case because, on balance, I don't care for her writing all that much. (I want to take her and shake her and tell her to get over all that idiotic Catholic guilt and related rubbish already, and get on with her life. Similarly, does any writer really need to grind out a memoir about her father and a separate one about her mother - just get over it and move on already, lady - you're obviously smart - tim ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an excerpt of Updike's essay on Lust and borrowed the whole book from the library. Each essay is interesting and thought-provoking, though I liked the ones on Anger and Gluttony best. I'm not big on short stories or essays, so this was a challenge for a person who prefers long-form. However, the writing is excellent, if not the theology, and brings fresh perspective to the concepts of sin and virtue.
Mary Gordon is one of my favored authors and is in good company with the authors represented in this book of writings on the deadly sins. I've also become a bit obssessed with reading on the topic of the deadly sins and the major virtues.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What more could a reader want than the finest contemporary authors - Oates, Gore, Updike, etc. - writing on the 7 deadly sins and brought together and edited by Mary Gordon...? This is a wonderfully witty and thoughtful collection of essays to be savored...or is that gluttony?
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The essay on gluttony was great.
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Mary Gordon was born in Far Rockaway, New York, to Anna Gagliano Gordon, an Italian-Irish Catholic mother, and David Gordon, a Jewish father who converted to Catholicism. While growing up, she attended Holy Name of Mary School in Valley Stream and for high school attended The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, N.Y.. She is Catholic.

She received her A.B. from Barnard College in 1971, and her M.A. from
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