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From National Book Award winning writer James Carroll comes a novel of the timeless love story of Peter Abelard and Heloise and its impact on a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor seeking sanctuary in ManhattanFather Michael Kavanagh is shocked to see a friend from his seminary days named Runner Malloy at the altar of his humble Inwood community parish Wondering about their past he wanders into the medieval haven of The Cloisters and begins a conver. I received this book from the publisher via NetgalleyA stunning book beautifully written Carroll brings to life the story of Abelard and Heloise but not to focus on the tragic nature of their romance which resulted in Abelard s brutal castration No he depicts the love that arises when two brilliant people come together each feeding the other s brilliance The result of that love echoes through the centuries to change the lives of two people in New York City in the aftermath of World War II a Catholic priest left staggered by the return of a friend from his youth as he realizes his own poignant isolation in the clergy and a young woman a Jew from France whose father studied the texts of Abelard and essentially died for it during the war There are layers upon layers here This book is not a melodrama It s about nuance It s about people being people It s about surviving at great cost It s about losing God and finding him again It s about the history of Catholicism and Judaism and how churches like people have a difficult time realizing their errors or making an effort to correct themThis is a book that will haunt me in the best sort of way I am left with a profound need to not only read about Abelard and Heloise but to look for of James Carroll s work Marriage by Deception young woman a Jew from France whose father studied the texts of Abelard and essentially died for it during the war There are layers upon layers here This book is not a melodrama It s about nuance It s about people being people It s about surviving at great cost It s about losing God and finding him again It s about the history of Catholicism and Judaism and how churches like people have a difficult time realizing their errors or making an effort to correct themThis is a book that will haunt me in the best sort of way I am left with a profound need to not only read about Abelard and Heloise but to look for of James Carroll s work

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Ciate her continued studies and she shares with him the work that cost her father his lifeAt the center of these interrelated stories is the classic romance between the great scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual eual Heloise For Rachel Abelard is the key to understanding her people's place in intellectual history For Kavanagh he is a doorway to understanding the life he might have had outside of the Church The Cloister is James Carroll at his bes. Originally published on my blog Nonstop ReaderA new narrative historical fiction from James Carroll and Doubleday The Cloister uses parallel storylines from the 12th and 20th centuries to illuminate and emphasize the timelessness of faith love fidelity understanding and salvation I cannot emphasize enough how well written and lyrical this book is It s definitely one of the masterfully written books I ve read this year The prose is beautiful and luminous The author s ability to write so honestly about some of the most atrocious brutal and heartbreaking episodes of both the 12th and 20th centuries is breathtaking I was really struck by the elevation and sanctity of these two couples whose relation to one another form two potential halves of a whole circle separated by almost a millennium being shaped and molded by these watershed moments That there are valuable human lessons in the midst of devastation and horror throughout time and history and that it was just as true a thousand years ago as now was very profound to meThis is a book which is going to stick with me I think this is an important book even especially for people who have no active religious belief system The book provides such an elouent and unassailable logical argument for compassion and self control especially with regard to external belief systemsIt s not an easy book to read It s emphatically not light reading The language is finely crafted but it took me time to digest and understandFlawless and achingly beautifulFive starsAnticipated publication date 6 March 2018Formats Kindle Hardcover 384 pagesDisclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the authorpublisher Marriage by Deception year The prose is beautiful and luminous The author s ability to write so honestly about some of the most atrocious brutal and heartbreaking episodes of both the 12th and 20th centuries is breathtaking I was really struck by the elevation and sanctity of these two couples whose relation to one another form two potential halves of a whole circle separated by almost a millennium being shaped and molded by these watershed moments That there are valuable human lessons in the midst of devastation and horror throughout time and history and that it was just as true a thousand A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House years ago as now was very profound to meThis is a book which is going to stick with me I think this is an important book even especially for people who have no active religious belief system The book provides such an elouent and unassailable logical argument for compassion and self control especially with regard to external belief systemsIt s not an easy book to read It s emphatically not light reading The language is finely crafted but it took me time to digest and understandFlawless and achingly beautifulFive starsAnticipated publication date 6 March 2018Formats Kindle Hardcover 384 pagesDisclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the authorpublisher

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Sation with a lovely and intriguing museum guide Rachel VedetteRachel a scholar of medieval history has retreated to the uiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during the Holocaust She ponders her late father's greatest intellectual work a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars Something about Father Kavanagh makes Rachel think he might appre. The Cloister James Carroll Mar 6 456 384 pagesA well researched piece of historical fiction written by former priest James Carroll It is based on historically significant people fascinating subjects who I d never before heard of It is a multi layered read that spans hundreds of years and begins with philisophernun Holoise d Argenteuil arriving at the Cloister garden to meet the Abbot where he will lead her to the the body of her much older lover Peter Abelard reflecting on their doomed affair and condemnation Fast forward 800 years when priest Michael Kavanagh and Holocaust survivor Rachel Vedette a docent and scholar have a chance meeting at the Cloister that will change their lives This was the first I heard of Abelard and d Argenteuil and their historically important story told through different perspectives and eras was complex and very well done


10 thoughts on “The Cloister

  1. says:

    I received this book from the publisher via NetgalleyA stunning book beautifully written Carroll brings to life the story of Abelard and Heloise but not to focus on the tragic nature of their romance which resulted in Abelard's brutal castration No he depicts the love that arises when two brilliant people come

  2. says:

    The Cloister is a rich and demanding reading experience Carroll skillfully weaves together three narratives from three historical settings 1950 New York City Nazi occupied Paris and medieval France I found the novel uite engrossing but because all the characters are grappling with religion and ideas it demands concentrati

  3. says:

    A Catholic grapples with the Jewish uestion for 360 pagesOY VEYFar be it for me to speak for the entirety of the Jewish people but as long as

  4. says:

    The Cloisters is a novel of ideas that made me feel as breathless and on edge as I do when reading a thriller With masterful writing and pacing the author creates two worlds for the characters to inhabit—1140s Paris and the scholastic sphere of the brilliant Peter Abelard and Heloise and their inevitable and separate retreat from the worldH

  5. says:

    The Cloister James Carroll Mar 6 456 384 pagesA well researched piece of historical fiction written by former priest James Carroll It is based on historically significant people fascinating subjects who I’d never before heard of It is a multi layered read that spans hundreds of years and begins with philisophernun Holoise d’Argenteuil arriving at the Cloister garden to meet the Abbot where he will lead her to the the body of her much o

  6. says:

    Religion Philosophy and RomanceAfter an unsettling meeting with an old friend from seminary Father Kavanagh wanders through Central Park To e

  7. says:

    An entertaining story about Heloise and Abelard the famous medieval nun and monk this novel is far than that It conveys their theology as well particularly Abelard's and particularly his renunciation of the Catholic Churc

  8. says:

    Carroll has written three story threads in three different time periods I was ignorant of Peter Abelard and Hé

  9. says:

    Originally published on my blog Nonstop ReaderA new narrative historical fiction from James Carroll and Doubleday The Cloister uses parallel storylines from the 12th and 20th centuries to illuminate and emphasize the timelessness of faith love fidelity understanding and salvation I cannot emphasize enough how well written and lyrical this book is It's definitely one of the masterfully written books I've read th

  10. says:

    It was a promising read to begin with but I had to give it up after 23 of the way through Life is too short to

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