The Cloister

The Cloister

Large Print - 2018
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After Father Michael Kavanagh sees a friend from his seminary days at the altar of his humble Inwood community parish, he wanders into the medieval haven of The Cloisters. In conversation with museum guide Rachel Vedette, he finds she retreated to the quiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during the Holocaust. She shares with Kavanagh her late father's greatest intellectual work: a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars-- and the romance between Abelard and his intellectual equal Héloïse.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432850128
Characteristics: 647 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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May 03, 2019

I like this book very much as it opens my eye and understanding to so many areas of history that I have sought to learn about such as 12th Century Europe and the organization, influence, cultural impact, and its offenses against people such as enslaving the less noble and poor, abuse of children by the men of the Abbey, and the narrowed mindedness of the church on issues of dogma, cannon, and basic theology. I have been raised Roman Catholic but am recently disaffected by the sexual abuses against children (one friend died from alcoholism and drugs by Boston city men claiming to save them. The abuse was awful. Also, as a gay man this church does not accept me disbelieving apparently that God too does not love me and welcome me into his houses of worship (I've read that 70% of ordained men are gay). the BOOKS HAS 3 parallel stories: Abelard and Heloise in the 12th/13th centuries; Father Kavanaugh, a parish pries at Good Shepherd in Inwood, Manhattan, NYC; and Helen a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and a docent at the Cloister Abbey near Inwood where she and Fr. Kavanaugh become friends. The theological issues raised, the love stories, the esteemed belief in a one true God for all greatly moved me and Carroll tells is very well. At times a little pretentious for me, and long-winded, but I have 50 pages to go and I am hooked. I hope this is helpful.

Sep 19, 2018

excellent book with very strong characters who have the strength to question long held religious beliefs.

Sep 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book. The way the story weaves present time with historical, medieval philosphy is exquisit! Well done! A page turner to the very end!


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