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Joan of Arc: A Life
     

Joan of Arc: A Life

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by Mary Gordon
 

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? A master of the story form? (The New York Times) offers a fresh, revealing portrait of the legendary saint

Celebrated novelist Mary Gordon brings Joan of Arc alive as a complex figure full of contradictions and desires, as well as spiritual devotion. A humble peasant girl, Joan transformed herself into the legendary Maid of Orléans, knight, martyr,

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? A master of the story form? (The New York Times) offers a fresh, revealing portrait of the legendary saint

Celebrated novelist Mary Gordon brings Joan of Arc alive as a complex figure full of contradictions and desires, as well as spiritual devotion. A humble peasant girl, Joan transformed herself into the legendary Maid of Orléans, knight, martyr, and saint. Following the voice of God, she led an army to victory and crowned the king of France, only to be captured and burned at the stake as a heretic-all by the age of nineteen. Gordon does more than tell this gripping story'she explores Joan's mystery and the many facets of her inspiring life.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
[A] compelling life story and a shrewd analysis of the mythical uses to which it has been put.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A large part of the enjoyment here is the highly personal intelligence of Gordon's prose style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143113973
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/29/2008
Series:
Penguin Lives Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
654,827
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Gordon, Professor of English at Barnard College, is the bestselling author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. Her books include The Rest of Life, The Other Side and Spending. She lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 8, 1949
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
A.B., Barnard College, 1971; M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

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Joan of Arc 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Gordon is a masterful storyteller who has gathered an enormous wealth of facts and details that help to create a balanced portrait of Jeanne d'Arc and the times she lived in. No important detail is overlooked, and many fascinating glimpses of fifteenth-century culture and customs are brought to life. Her book is probing and insightful, and it kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Overall, this was a wonderful and fantastic read. My only possible complaint would be that the publishers have not included any illustrations or photographs, but perhaps they will remedy this fault in a future edition. (I would have gladly paid a higher purchase price in order to have been able to buy an illustrated copy of this volume!)
JoannaPA More than 1 year ago
Joan of Arc is my patron Saint and namesake so I have always been interested in reading about her. This book is the first new perspective on Joan's life that I have read in a long time: most read more like a history text book and are nothing new. Mary Gordon tries to get the reader into the mind,character and mystery of this facinating historical and iconic figure in World and Church history and what kept her going and drove her to face her destiny - either because of or inspite of herself. It is an easy read which I liked and will probably read again.
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Cathytaffy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, which was written out so nicely for being non-fiction. I was completely absorbed and it seemed more like an interesting/fun fiction story. The character and topic of this book being Joan or Arc and her life makes this book such an interesting and exciting read. Joan of Arc was a peasant girl, teenager, knight, martyr, and many symbolic icons. Her life, accomplishments, and what she stands for will continue to awe and inspire. I loved the author,s thoroughness on Joan's life and she did a great job portraying and analyzing the history and meaning of this incredible women. I'd pick up this book again one day for another exciting read and would def recommend it for anyone interested in learning about Joan of Arc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book did give me imformation i didn't know about her, and it probably will give info to others that read it, so i do highly recomend that u read this to learn about her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be interesting, but it turns out that you can't even understand it. I had to do a project for World History and my friend had a different Joan of Arc book and I started to read hers and it was a lot simpiler to understand. The other book was Joan of Arc: In her own words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dis is annoying...I wonder why deh moved....
Guest More than 1 year ago
People who have read more than this book on Joan of Arc probably won't find much to recommend this one.