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Ciate her continued studies and she shares with him the work that cost her father his lifeAt the center of these interrelated stories is the classic romance between the great scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual eual Heloise For Rachel Abelard is the key to understanding her people's place in intellectual history For Kavanagh he is a doorway to understanding the life he might have had outside of the Church The Cloister is James Carroll at his bes. Carroll has written three story threads in three different time periods I was ignorant of Peter Abelard and H lo se but I will never forget them and what they stood for against unbelievable odds I knew that the Catholic Church had been complicit in the Holocaust but oblivious to the centuries old teaching that as killers of Christ they were worthy of scorn to be wantonly killed Jews God s chosen people The second thread takes place during the Holocaust and illustrates the anguish of this evil teachingAbelard was an apologist for the Jewish people portraying them with total sympathy and respect an eual to the Christian The Jew is not an object of conversion or doomed to an eternity of hellfire This is what he taught his students which put him in opposition to the Catholics leaders of France to his physical perilThe modern day thread follows a chance encounter between a Jewish woman and an Irish Catholic priest who begin a tentative friendship after being drawn together through their fascination with the teachings of Abelard Both are grappling with grievous issues in their lives that were out of bounds but come into focus through conversations about the 12th century lives of Peter and H lo se Abelard s philosophy said no to the militant Christ and yes to the Prince of Peace and it was his teachings that opened the door to Father Kavanagh s inner introspection though he ultimately credits H lo se for his greatest understandingsCarroll a former priest and practicing Catholic is not indicting the Church but he is throwing open the windows and doors and inviting modern Catholics to stop feeling guilty and to see that is present not in the sacrament or in the Church but in the people of the parish themselves to celebrate Kavanaugh finally recognized that God s love for him was no longer contingent on his being a priest This book is brilliant and certainly intellectual than I am capable of processing in one reading all the philosophy and theology a book of challenge and hope

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The Cloister

From National Book Award winning writer James Carroll comes a novel of the timeless love story of Peter Abelard and Heloise and its impact on a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor seeking sanctuary in ManhattanFather Michael Kavanagh is shocked to see a friend from his seminary days named Runner Malloy at the altar of his humble Inwood community parish Wondering about their past he wanders into the medieval haven of The Cloisters and begins a conver. A Catholic grapples with the Jewish uestion for 360 pagesOY VEYFar be it for me to speak for the entirety of the Jewish people but as long as you cool it with the murder and the genocide we don t really give a shit what you think about us We definitely don t need lengthy self back patting apologia on our behalf ThanksI m am very relieved to be done with this and to now get to read something that whatever the author s intention doesn t reference the Jew and the Christ killers about 12 times per page

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Sation with a lovely and intriguing museum guide Rachel VedetteRachel a scholar of medieval history has retreated to the uiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during the Holocaust She ponders her late father's greatest intellectual work a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars Something about Father Kavanagh makes Rachel think he might appre. The Cloister James Carroll Mar 6 456 384 pagesA well researched piece of historical fiction written by former priest James Carroll It is based on historically significant people fascinating subjects who I d never before heard of It is a multi layered read that spans hundreds of years and begins with philisophernun Holoise d Argenteuil arriving at the Cloister garden to meet the Abbot where he will lead her to the the body of her much older lover Peter Abelard reflecting on their doomed affair and condemnation Fast forward 800 years when priest Michael Kavanagh and Holocaust survivor Rachel Vedette a docent and scholar have a chance meeting at the Cloister that will change their lives This was the first I heard of Abelard and d Argenteuil and their historically important story told through different perspectives and eras was complex and very well done


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  1. says:

    I received this book from the publisher via NetgalleyA stunning book beautifully written Carroll brings to life the story of Abelard and Heloise but not to focus on the tragic nature of their romance which resulted in Abelard's brutal castration No he depicts the love that arises when two brilliant people come together each feeding the other's brilliance The result of that love echoes through the centuries to change the lives of

  2. says:

    The Cloister is a rich and demanding reading experience Carroll skillfully weaves together three narratives from three historical settings 1950 New York City Nazi occupied Paris and medieval France I found the novel uite en

  3. says:

    A Catholic grapples with the Jewish uestion for 360 pagesOY VEYFar be it for me to speak for the entirety of the Jewish people but as long as you cool it with the murder and the genocide we don't really give a shit what you think about us We definitely don't need lengthy self back patting apologia on our behalf ThanksI'm am very relieved to be done with this and to now get to read something that whatever the author's in

  4. says:

    The Cloisters is a novel of ideas that made me feel as breathless and on edge as I do when reading a thriller With masterful writing and paci

  5. says:

    The Cloister James Carroll Mar 6 456 384 pagesA well researched piece of historical fiction written by former priest James Carroll It is based on historically significant people fascinating subjects who I’d nev

  6. says:

    Religion Philosophy and RomanceAfter an unsettling meeting with an old friend from seminary Father Kavanagh wanders through Central Park To escape the rain he takes shelter in The Cloisters He’s hoping to be al

  7. says:

    An entertaining story about Heloise and Abelard the famous medieval nun and monk this novel is far than that It conveys their theology as well particularly Abelard's and particularly his renunciation of the Catholic Church's hatred and persecution of the Jews The framing device is the story of a modern day pairing a priest and a Jew

  8. says:

    Carroll has written three story threads in three different time periods I was ignorant of Peter Abelard and Héloïse but

  9. says:

    Originally published on my blog Nonstop ReaderA new narrative historical fiction from James Carroll and Doubleday The Cloister uses parallel storylines from the 12th and 20th centuries to illuminate and emphasize the timele

  10. says:

    It was a promising read to begin with but I had to give it up after 23 of the way through Life is too short to struggle with