Friday, September 10, 2004

As soon as I finish writing about Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong, I'm going downstairs to pick up the sequel. I got this recommendation from Daisy, who I think got it from Jeff. The author entered a convent at age 17 to become a nun and eventually left. That's the bare bones of the story but there's so much there - the strict environment (pre-Vatican II), the emotional abuse, the physical suffering, and the moments of joy she had there. It was impossible for me to read this and not draw parallels between her experience and my own religious upbringing. Obviously without the whole sadistic convent experience though.

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