"A valiant and intelligent failure: despite his best efforts, Salzman has created a kind of ecclesiastical drag-show that fails to get below the surface of life in the Carmel."
A deliberate and somewhat plodding account of life inside a Carmelite convent, told with a surfeit of awe by Salzman (The Soloist
, 1994; the nonfiction Lost in Place
, 1995), who seems to have read too much Rumer Godden for his own good.
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