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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 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 worldHow this all fits into Nazi occupied Paris concentration camps and on to post WWII New York City is an amazing literary feat Entering this hall of mirrors is the Catholic priest Kavanaugh and the Jewish docent for the Cloisters Rachel Rachel s father is the link back to Abelard and Heloise as before the war he was a scholar in Paris working on a study of Abelard s work Dialogus inter philosophum Judaeum et Christianum Dialogue of a Philosopher with a Jew and a Christian 1136 1139 She carries Abelard s book History of my Calamities with her wherever she goes When the priest seeks the shelter of the Cloisters during a rainstorm they fall into conversation and she spontaneously hands it over to the priestThe themes of obligation and exploitation retreat and annihilation manipulation and survival are golden threads to follow through this labyrinth A beautifully horrifying and shattering story Thank you NetGalley and Doubleday I d give this novel 10 stars if I could Tidelands (Fairmile to Pretty Lucy Merwyn the uiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during Strings the Holocaust She ponders her late father's greatest intellectual work a study demonstrating Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the relationship between Catch and Release the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars Something about Father Kavanagh makes Rachel Devils Paw (Imp, think he might appre The Cloisters is a novel of ideas Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, that made me feel as breathless and on edge as I do when reading a All Tied Up thriller With masterful writing and pacing The Film Snob*s Dictionary the author creates In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie two worlds for Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the characters 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains to inhabit 1140s Paris and Survive by the Team the scholastic sphere of Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the brilliant Peter Abelard and Heloise and Washington! (Wagons West, their inevitable and separate retreat from Tennessee! (Wagons West, the worldHow Celebration! (Wagons West, this all fits into Nazi occupied Paris concentration camps and on Texas! (Wagons West, to post WWII New York City is an amazing literary feat Entering I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery this hall of mirrors is Revenge ni Miss Piggy the Catholic priest Kavanaugh and Breakfast Book the Jewish docent for The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the Cloisters Rachel Rachel s father is Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the link back A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to Abelard and Heloise as before Card Concepts the war he was a scholar in Paris working on a study of Abelard s work Dialogus inter philosophum Judaeum et Christianum Dialogue of a Philosopher with a Jew and a Christian 1136 1139 She carries Abelard s book History of my Calamities with her wherever she goes When Schadenfreude the priest seeks Emotional Victory the shelter of Still Life with Woodpecker the Cloisters during a rainstorm Bo Knows Bo they fall into conversation and she spontaneously hands it over Gender and Food to Radio Silence the priestThe Finer Women themes of obligation and exploitation retreat and annihilation manipulation and survival are golden Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down threads Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays to follow Crazy Horses Girlfriend through Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium this labyrinth A beautifully horrifying and shattering story Thank you NetGalley and Doubleday I d give Hannah Has Two Mommies this novel 10 stars if I could

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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

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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 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 concentration Father Michael Kavanagh and Rachel Vedette both find solace in the writings of Peter Abelard and Heloise whose love story is one of the narratives These writings and Kavanagh s conversations with Rachel help him finally face the history of anti semitism in the Church and the Church s complicity in the Holocaust For Rachel they are a way to hold on to her father a scholar who studied Abelard who was killed by a NaziI really appreciate when a novel sends me off to learn and this one certainly did I have already read a few of the letters of Peter Abelard and Heloise and am finding their story fascinating My only criticism is that occasionally the novel felt like a vehicle for Carroll s message about religion and morality But overall he pulled it off beautifully


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 together each feeding the other's brilliance The result of that love echoes through the centuries to change the lives of

  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 concentration Father Michael Kavanagh and Rachel Vedette both find solace in the writings of Peter Abelard and Heloise whose love

  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 you cool it with the murder and the genocide we don't really give a shit what you think about us We

  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 re

  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

  6. says:

    Religion Philosophy and RomanceAfter an unsettling meeting with an old friend from seminary Father Kavanagh wanders through Central Park To escape the rain he takes shelter in The Cloisters He’s hoping to be alone but Rachael Vedett

  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 Church's hatred and persecution of the Jews The framing device is the story of a modern day pairing a priest and a Jew who mirror Heloise and Abelard even as they study them and discuss them together It's not a bad book and the

  8. says:

    Carroll has written three story threads in three different time periods I was ignorant of Peter Abelard and Héloïse but I will neve

  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 this year The prose

  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 s

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