Holy Fools

Holy Fools

Book - 2004
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It is 1610, and from her cell in the Abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-Mer Soeur Auguste reminisces about her life with the players, troupes of masked and powdered young entertainers roaming the French countryside. She has sought refuge with her daughter among a community of nuns who share a life of seclusion and prayer. The solace of life in the abbey is suddenly shattered with the death of their elderly abbess and the arrival of a young replacement who aspires to greatness. Gone is their life of relaxed piety and comfort, replaced by the rigors of fasting, masses, and hard work. Rebellion is near when in walks Guy LeMerle, a flamboyant former player masquerading as priest. In a brief few months, he transforms the abbey into a play within itself, full of tragedy, revenge, suspicion, lust, and chaos. Soeur Auguste must restore the abbey to peace-by returning to her roots as a player. Harris (Chocolat; Five Quarters of the Orange) treats readers to a feast for the senses, an aromatic m lange of 17th-century France and its roiling Catholicism. A cleverly structured drama populated with timelessly colorful characters, this is sure to be a hit with the author's wide community of readers.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060559120
0060559128
Branch Call Number: F HAR
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 24 cm

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IPL_Mandy Jun 12, 2014

This is one of those "past coming back to haunt you" books. Harris is an excellent writer, and I really enjoyed her ability to turn a phrase. The ending is very satisfying and I encourage anyone who likes historical fiction to read it.

Serving suggestion: crusty French bread with blue cheese

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Iridollae
Sep 21, 2010

A nice one to curl up on the sofa with; a tale of gypsies and the players and the church, romance; a nice 'smokey' style.

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