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The Charterhouse of Parma

The Charterhouse of Parma (Everyman's Library, #102)The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

There are some amusing passages in The Charterhouse of Parma, particularly the early sequence of young Fabrizio running around the field of battle at Waterloo seeking meaningful adventure but stumbling into one misadventure after another.

What most surprised me was that this book read like a much older style of novel, with a weird series of various plots all piled up together with almost no connecting thread and no psychological depth. By the time Stendhal wrote the novel had already reached well beyond this state.

Almost every interesting and good turn to the story is immediately followed by a completely wasteful development. And the ending was awful.

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The Wounding and Healing of Desire

The Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and EarthThe Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and Earth by Wendy Farley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book in 2016 and gave it only three stars. Last autumn I was looking over part of it to use in a sermon and what I read really resonated, in a way I didn't remember it resonating before. So, this winter I've re-read the book and this time I found much that I really liked. I highly recommend it if you are someone who has been deeply hurt and are looking for healing spiritual practices?

2016 review
How do we respond to and spiritually mature through our suffering? A worthy contribution to spiritual theology standing in the tradition of some of the great mystics like St. John of the Cross, St. Theresa of Avila, Simone Weil, etc.

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