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The Life of Saint Macrina by Gregory of Nyssa
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This is an easy read. It is unusual from the Patristic writers that it is in praise of a woman. St Gregory is writing an encomium about his sister, but really also his family. It was interesting, but I didn't find it profound (if I measure a book by how many passages I highlighted, then this book wouldn't get many stars). As with many hagiographies, there is that tendency to idealize things, so it is hard to know how factual the details are. Although Gregory is emotionally attached to his sister, there is for me an unusual element in his writing style that he writes as an observer of his family rather than a member of it - describing his parents and grandparents from his sister's perspective, but almost as if he didn't know his own family of origin.
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November 22, 2020 – Started Reading
November 22, 2020 – Shelved
November 23, 2020 – Finished Reading

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