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Impossible Saints book. What does it take for a woman to be judged saintly? In this wily, wonderfully original novel, Michèle Roberts tells the story of the fictional Saint Josephine: her life and death, her childhood and evolution from woman to nun to abbess, her unlikely canonization. The more we discover, the more incredible her sainthood seems. Who was Saint Josephine? Craven nun or fearless What does it take for a woman to be judged saintly?

What does it take for a woman to be judged saintly? In this wily, fantastic, and splendidly entertaining novel, inspired in part by the writings of Saint Theresa, questions of incest, sanctity, and a woman's proper place overlap and merge in an intricate web of stories

IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS, hailed as 'dangerously close to perfection' (INDEPENDENT), is Michele Roberts' most exquisite novel to date. See all Product description

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What does it take for a woman to be judged saintly? In this wily, wonderfully original novel, Mich& Roberts tells the story of the fictional Saint Josephine: her life and death, her childhood and evolution from woman to nun to abbess, her unlikely canonization. Who was Saint Josephine? Craven nun or fearless miracle worker? Pious role model or seductress?

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by. Roberts, Michele. A novel on our civilization's earliest liberated women, female saints. The heroine is St. Josephine, a not-so-saintly noblewoman who becomes a nun to avoid marriage, which would entail being told what to do by a man. Boxid. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

This is an unconventional look at the concept of female sainthood and the idea that many of these 'saints' were merely women who didn't quite fit in with current social expectations. Roberts weaves updated and cynical tales of real saints with the down to earth story of a fictional St. Josephine.

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What does it take for a woman to be judged saintly? In this wily, wonderfully original vel, Michle Roberts tells the story of the fictional Saint Josephine: her life and death, her childhood and evolution from woman to nun to abbess, her unlikely canization. Who was Saint Josephine?

A novel on our civilization's earliest liberated women, female saints. The heroine is St. Josephine, a not-so-saintly noblewoman who becomes a nun to avoid marriage, which would entail being told what to do by a man.

Comments: (3)

Swiang
One thing that your average self-absorbed modern writer can't seem to grasp is that people can actually be motivated by spiritual and religious devotion. There is a vogue for pretending women saints of the past were secretly dismissive of orthodoxy, and were really closet feminists or Gnostics or sybarites or whatever happens to capture the author's imagination. Yawn. This is just another one of those. I truly wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone assert that Mary Magdalen or Hildegarde or Teresa was secretly a rebel against the established religious beliefs of her day. The fact that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for these fantasies doesn't seem to stop people from having them.

What would really be interesting to read is a book that takes those women for who they actually were: passionate, driven, and orthodox to the core. Hard to fathom, yes, but why not give the truth a whirl?
ChallengeMine
Impossible saints? Impossible to read. The wonder is that people will actually part with good money for this dross. Be warned!
Abandoned Electrical
Excellent read, all the better for its mystery and intricacy; I love the style of Ms Robert's prose, and I really like he non conventional approach to form. Can't imagine the Pope's amused, or maybe he is? I guess even devout Catholics might enjoy this irreverence.
Impossible Saints: A Novel download epub
British & Irish
Author: Michele Roberts
ISBN: 0880015977
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: British & Irish
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco Pr; 1st Ecco ed edition (May 1, 1998)
Pages: 308 pages