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Lambs of God by Marele Day

Lambs of God (1998)

by Marele Day

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Vegetation grows out of the mouths of stone angels, and sheep wander through the chapel. For Iphigenia, Margarita and Carla the rhythm of nature and the rituals of the Church have joined to make an encompassing whole, a garment as fitting for their lives as their homespun clothes. They pray, they do their daily tasks. Brambles enclose the monastery and the three nuns have forgotten the world outside. Until a worldly young priest forges his way in. Brisk and businesslike, Father Ignatius plans to transform the nuns' very existence. Or is it the man who will be transformed?… (more)



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Lambs of God gifts its readers with lush imagery, memorable characters, and a pervading undercurrent of myth and magic.

It wasn't a story I was expecting to like, not only because of its religious setting, but because once I started, it took about 50 pages before I was fully settled into its world. It's slow-paced, full of vivid descriptions, slightly contrived...yet Iphigenia, Margarita, Carla, and even Father Ignatius (who I found hypocritical and didn't like much at all) were too strange to ignore, too different to dismiss outright. I'm glad I kept reading.

Recommended if you want a story about three nuns, a priest and a dilapidated monastery, tempered with magical realism.

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  flying_monkeys | Jan 14, 2017 |
I picked this up accidentally at the library. What a pleasant surprise by this Aussie author! This is the story of three nuns living in solitary in a run-down monastery on an island. A priest, not knowing the ruins are inhabited, comes to assess the property. What follows is bordering on fantasy. Funny and touching with a good ending. ( )
  LivelyLady | Jan 8, 2014 |
I had never heard of Marele Day before hearing of this novel on the knitting community Ravelry.
It was mentioned in one discussion of novels with knitting as a theme. Many participants recommended this novel, so I got curious.

It´s a very weird novel and difficult to describe. Three nuns live peacefully on a remote and deserted island together with their sheep. They breed sheep for food, wool and company. They live in a closed community dependent only of themselves, the sheep and God.

Something happens which changes their way of living and one part of the novel is quite suspenseful
The story is of course about much more than what is happening in the monastery. It´s about life and and faith and how we deal with both of those things. It´s sometimes very funny and sometimes deeply sad.I liked her language a lot. Poetic and vivid.It´s a wonderful and thought provoking novel which will stay in my mind for a long time. ( )
  Amsa1959 | Sep 2, 2012 |
Fun, whimsical, but tosses its bucolic atmosphere at the end. Feels as if the author tried to "just bring it together" rather than let the tale takes its pace to the end. ( )
  librken | Jul 27, 2010 |
Unlike anything else - amazing. ( )
  zina | Jul 30, 2007 |
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