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Mother Teresa: Beyond The Image (1998)
by Anne Sebba
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385493568, Paperback)Neither hatchet job nor hagiography, this biography of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was completed before Mother Teresa's death in September 1997. It includes a chronological account of Albanian-born Agnes Bojaxhiu's early years before she founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1947. But it focuses primarily on "compelling issues which arise from her work," including a judicious evaluation of charges that Mother Teresa accepted money from dictators and that her order sometimes provided inadequate medical treatment. Anne Sebba also probes with perception the social forces underpinning Mother Teresa's lionization in the West. This is an exceptionally well-balanced assessment of Calcutta's "saint of the gutters."
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Mother Teresa of Calcutta - few figures in the twentieth century have received such adulation. This diminutive nun of Albanian descent was frequently cited as the living embodiment of Christian kindness. Recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, she was hailed as a living saint and commanded unrivaled international attention. Yet the respect she received was not unanimous, and since 1990, serious, measured criticisms have been directed at this modern icon, who seemed beyond reproach. In this riveting book, Anne Sebba gives us the first unbiased and balanced account of Mother Teresa's life and work. It is the first to put her in a social, historical, and geographic context, and the first to assess the future for the four thousand nuns in her worldwide Order.
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