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Obedience (Paperback)
  • Obedience (Paperback)
Paperback Published: 01/09/2012
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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. Now, 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 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 she was a young woman in wartime France; 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.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9780857891037

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14th July 2011
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“Funny and a great example of duty vs desire”

The battle Sister Bernard has with her sexual feelings and her conscious (who she refers to as God) is very interesting. I do love the quircky things mentioned that bring a light hearted feeling to the story even... More

Paperback edition
8th March 2013
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“Touching and Dark”

This is really a very touching story of loss of faith and redemption. The story follows the closure of a convent in France, focusing on the personal and upsetting history of one of the elderly nuns. A trauma... More

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29th January 2013
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