This was pretty good I wish there had been historical background and fewer mundane details of convent life I kept scratching my head and trying to remember what was going on the in rest of the world during this time period That s my only real complaint though There was a lot of religious stuff that I sort of skimmed over because it didn t interest me and it wasn t moving the story at all I do have to say that there wasn t anything about her story that made me think Teresa of Avila was a great religious thinker temporal lobe epileptic would be like it not that there is anything wrong with that. Set in the 16th century Spain, the story of Sister Teresa is told through the eyes of Sister Angelica, who knew Teresa since childhood Teresa was of Jewish descent, but as at the end of the 15th century Jews had a choice either to leave Spain or convert, her family chose the latter Avila, where she was from, was full of conversos She enters convent temporarily not at her will, but at the end she stays there of her own choice Her health deteriorates After chest pains, fevers, and failure of tinctures, she is pronounced dead After three days she awakens.She starts having visions and is asked to start a convent only for women, where women could devote themselves to God with no destructions She performs miracles through God and gains support for her convent They called her a saint, especially the common people They liked her patched habit and her earthy conversation She put them at ease, and they flocked to her, hungry for the kind of raw spirituality she taught, a simpler kind of spirituality that led people to seek the Lord in their own hearts Sister Angelica presents the story with honesty and a tint of good humor Well, good for her Let her be a celebrity I m not going to let her drag me into her projects I m a simple woman with simple tastes I want to be left alone Her observation of an emissary from a noble house Actually, it would have been pointless to send him to the Devil because he came from the Devil herself Sister Angelica is a fictional character, but her voice is so credible as truly reflecting her knowing Sister Teresa since childhood.Sister Teresa is a true character, who became a saint She d become a larger than life holy woman, a great mystic and reformer Nobles, ecclesiastics, and even royalty held her in esteem She was now the most important religious woman in Spain Beautifully written story, showing true human emotions no matter what cloth you re wearing A richly entertaining historical novel Facebook Best Historical Fiction Spoiled With Beauty, Riches, And Adoration, A Young Girl From Vila Is Sent To A Convent By Her Parents To Learn Discipline, But Discovers Instead An Unparelleled Spiritual Fervor One So Powerful As To Be Condemned As Sinful By Some She Is Saint Teresa Known As A Mystic, Reformer And Founder Of Convents, And The Author Of Numerous Texts That Introduced Her Radical Religious Ideas And Practices To A Society Suffering Through The Repressive Throes Of The Spanish Inquisition In Barbara Mujica S Masterful Tale, Her Story Her Days Of Youthful Romance, Her Sensual Fits Of Spiritual Rapture, Secret Heritage As A Jewish Convert To Catholicism, Cloak And Dagger Political Dealings, Struggles Against Sexual Blackmail, And Mysterious Illness Unfolds With A Tumultuous Urgency Blending Fact With Fiction In Vivid Detail, Painstakingly Researched And Beautifully Rendered, Mujica S Tale Conjures A Brilliant Picture Of Sisterhood, Faith, The Terror Of Religious Persecution, The Miracle Of Salvation, And One Woman S Challenge To The Power Of Strict Orthodoxy, A Challenge That Consisted Of A Crime Of Passion Her Own Personal Relationship With God Interesting and well researched book about Teresa of Avila The main narrator, Sister Angelica, is fictinal, but her perspective allows us to see Teresa from the viewpoint of a confidante. I thought at first that I wasn t going to like this as it s written in a very modern idiom Normally any self respecting historical novel has at least a hint of the speech of an earlier age to remind the reader that the action isn t taking place in the here and now However, once I d read a few pages I realized that I didn t mind this at all, especially as the writing style, which is vigorous and down to earth, was very effective in bringing the narrator to vivid life This narrator, Angelica, a lifelong friend and fellow nun of Teresa s, was the star of the book for me, so much so that she overshadowed Teresa At the end of the book, although I d enjoyed the rollicking tale told by Angelica, I felt that I hadn t really become than superficially acquainted with the character that it was supposed to be about I wondered why the author had chosen to present the story through the lens of a narrator It could have been much powerful and enlightening if the narrator had been Teresa herself. I wish I could say that I likedSister Teresa , a novel by Barbara Mujica recounting the life of St Teresa of vila I even read it twice to convince myself that there was something to the book that I just hadn t found But, alas Granted, Mujica s Teresa is an interesting, multi faceted character She s not a sweet saint she manipulative, ruthless, loving, and intellectual, a woman to be respected even over a backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition It s not the characterization that gets me, it s the writing style.I know I harp on writing style a lot in these reviews, but it truly affects my ability to fully enjoy a book I also think that it s a bit of a cop out to use a a fictional, modern day translator who only appears one time in the whole novel, just to be able to be rid of some of your own writing responsibility Mujica s translator mentions that she found this hagiography in a market and tried to make the prose sound as informal as possible, leading to a novel full of anachronistic language It takes me out of the time period, leaving me consciously out of the story Frustrating.I don t really want to expend any words on this book Suffice it to say that if you re interested in Inquistion era Spain, nunneries, or saints, this is a book you can afford to spend a few minutes on Otherwise, give it a miss. Teresa of Avila is one of my favorite saints and she was an Enneagram Nine, like me So when I found this fictionalized biography of her, I thought I d love it It was only so so I think this was largely due to the writing The author tried to stay too true to the known facts and included way too many facts for my taste.The parts of the book that I liked best were the passages when Teresa talked about her encounters with God I m fairly certain these were straight from Teresa s own published works, so I m going to go straight to the source and check out Interior Castle and abandon this book Sometimes historical fiction is a lovely way to learn some history This just wasn t one of those times for me. To think that this is about a real person, one devoted to the path of God as she sees it, yet a history which cannot be confirmed, or likely denied, by the powers that hold the documentation, the powerful Catholic church I like that she used a friend sister as her narrator the explanations of how Sister Teresa changed some of the tenets of the Catholic faith at that time into something akin to meditation internal guidance than that of external control I like that She was definitely threatened for her way of thinking yet stood up for what she believed I like that too Way to go Sister Teresa Good read, if anything made me even anti religious of an atheist Reading it was realizing that just 400 years ago most of the world lived in Taliban like conditions My god when will the stupidity end I absolutely loved this book I could not put it down Saint Teresa of vila is so fascinating what a life And the author did a masterful job of creating an engaging, immersive environment full of lifelong friendship, spiritual devotion, political intrigue and scandal, and a deep historical look at the founding of the Discalced Carmelite Order.
American novelist, short story writer and critic Her latest novels are Sister Teresa 2007 , based on the life of Saint Teresa of Avila, and Frida, 2001 based on the life of Frida Kahlo The latter was an international bestseller that was translated into seventeen languages Barbara Mujica s other book length fiction includes The Deaths of Don Bernardo novel, 1990 , Sanchez across the Street
- 336 pages
- Sister Teresa
- Bárbara Mujica
- 22 April 2017 Bárbara Mujica