Obedience (Hardback)
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Obedience (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 01/08/2011
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Sister Bernard has lived in a grey-stone convent in rural France for more than seventy years. In that time, a once youthful and lively cloister has gradually emptied, until only Bernard and two other nuns remain, a knot of survivors facing the creeping challenges of old age - ailing bodies and worn-thin friendships, slips of mind and, in their most secret moments, slips of faith. Now, the halls will fall silent as the three women pack away their few possessions into wooden boxes, preparing to leave the building that has been their home for decades. For the nuns, the closing of the convent means more than losing a home: the crumbling walls have shielded them from a changing modern world; for Sister Bernard, the quiet monotony of the religious life has protected her from memories of the past - the disgrace of when, as a young woman in wartime France, she became the unwitting prize of a cruel wager; when her devotion to God faded in the face of her need for a young Nazi soldier; and when she experienced the full horror and violence of war. Rich and complex, Obedience is a story of betrayal and divided loyalties; a powerful portrait of conflicted love, which goes beyond the veil to reveal a woman who feels adoration and fear, guilt and pride, and all too rarely, peace. Sister Bernard is a remarkable creation: a woman torn between her irreconcilable private passions - her love for Christ and her blistered memories of physical desire.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9780857891013
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
An intensely imagined novel about one of the defining questions of the century just past: where and how we choose to draw the line between innocence and guilt, ignorance and complicity. Obedience also asks us to consider what ghastly harm is committed in the name of love. It's rare to find a book that is seemingly so simple, but is really ambiguous and thought-provoking. * Hilary Mantel *
By far the most impressive novel I read this year... I'd give it to anyone who wants, as I do, to have their head and heart churned by what they read -- Julie Myerson * Observer *
A spellbinding tale of betrayal and illicit desire... The human experience of love, desire, guilt and loneliness are at the heart of the novel... A compelling and quietly devastating story about a woman destroyed by her faith * Independent on Sunday *
A wise, mysterious, gravely compelling story about a young nun in occupied France and the long sad aftermath of a wartime love affair... A novel of huge scope and profound questioning * Sunday Times *
A work of great originality, devastating in its impact... As powerful as it is subtle, a novel of gripping emotional and psychological intensity * Daily Mail *

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“Obedience?”

I really didn't enjoy this book. I found it difficult to relate, or empathise with the main character, if anything, she angered me.
I felt let down by the authour for the lack of substance to the Character, the... More

Hardback edition
1st July 2011
Helpful? Upvote 55

“Pure and simple...not!”

I loved this book and couldn't put it down.It was as explained in Daily Mail review and I couldn't wait to read it.Unputdownable!

Hardback edition
26th November 2011
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“I wouldn't recommend”

I did not enjoy this book and cannot understand why the publishers compare it to "The Reader". The characters in this book are one dimensional and lack conviction and I felt little sympathy for any of them,... More

Hardback edition
15th July 2011
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