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The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
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Sep 29, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

I would have never imagined that a novel about a group of monks who sing Gregorian chants might pique an interest. I was wrong. I remember being forced to listen to those droll chants as a freshman in college, and could not wait for the class to end. Louise Penny jumps into the joy and devotion of the monks who give their life to one of the oldest forms of music. This group of over twenty monks lives and works for the chants and a vow of silence in an obscure area of Canada. The day consists of religious services and various tasks and singing. Unfortunately, a rift develops in this society and the choirmaster is murdered. Gamache and his assistant, Beauvoir, entered the ancient building to find the murderer among the remaining monks. The story juggles the insecure feelings of Beauvoir and his prior addiction to prescribed medication after the terrible siege mentioned in another book when both Beauvoir and Gamache were seriously wounded. In the last chapter, Penny, explains that a person is always between two points in life, but the individual does have a choice. A very interesting book. Now, I can hardly wait for the next adventure of Gamache, and maybe his return to the village of Three Pines.
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Jacque I, too, enjoyed reading Penny's peotic fictionalizing of the Gregorian chant far more than I enjoyed listening to it in college music history class! Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, etc., do for me what plainchant did for these monks . . . such is a good writer.

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