One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling novels of 1991, Mariette in Ecstasy inspires even the most discriminating listener to some degree of reverence. This captivating story of faith and divine madness may move you to examine your own belief system. Since the tender age of four, Mariette Baptiste has had visions of her Savior. Now, at 17, she is entering the convent to dedicate her life to Him. At first, she is welcomed and admired. Then she begins to bleed from stigmata, and the villagers regard her as a saint. Emotions from the other Sisters of the Crucifixion range from admiration, to jealousy, to hatred. Readers will be stunned by the conclusion to Mariette’s journey of faith. Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Ron Hansen writes sensuous and compelling prose that is pure pleasure to listen to. Barbara Caruso’s expressive voice beautifully conveys the rhythms reminiscent of haiku that the author so skillfully intersperses throughout.
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Riveting, Mysterious and well done.
Mariette. She was a simple young girl who had mysterious experiences and it was difficult to really determine if it was psychological phenomena or true devotional experiences.
She had a very distinct way of talking and she could distinguish the characters by the different tones of speaking.
No extreme reaction to the book but I found it fascinating because of the nature of the topic which is faith and how it gets expressed. Also how some faith experiences are manifested and what the differences are between stigmata and somatic conditions.
The book was very interesting and the ending a bit surprising but good.