The Book of Margery Kempe

The Book of Margery Kempe

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by Mark Schroeder
     
 

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Janie Radcliffe is a brilliant yet introverted editor of seventeenth-century poetry and literature. Given to hearing voices from the past, and woefully out of step with her own time, she lives a cloistered, humdrum existence, until her world suddenly changes when her impresario boss, London publisher Bill Avery, asks her to take a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her…  See more details below

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Janie Radcliffe is a brilliant yet introverted editor of seventeenth-century poetry and literature. Given to hearing voices from the past, and woefully out of step with her own time, she lives a cloistered, humdrum existence, until her world suddenly changes when her impresario boss, London publisher Bill Avery, asks her to take a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her assignment is to walk in the footsteps of Margery Kempe, the author of the first autobiography in English, and the most well-known, and least understood, Christian mystic in all of Western literature.

The Book of Margery Kempe is a moving portrait of pilgrimage, of how one must pass through the dark night of the soul and confront the demons of the past in order to acquire self-knowledge. Modeling her behavior after that of Margery and the “mystical heroines of the past,” Janie endures fasting, mortification, and other hardships until, finally, she emerges from her pilgrimage on a foreign shore, a triumphant and translucent woman ready to shape her own destiny.

Combining the dramatic intensity of Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves with the lyrical prose of Colum Mccann’s Zoli, The Book of Margery Kempe questions the belief that God and self are easily known. Janie’s story is one that depicts the trials and tribulations demanded of those who would seek to know the “flame within.” In so doing, the work asks readers how much they are willing to give up to do the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013897472
Publisher:
Mark Schroeder
Publication date:
03/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
556
File size:
1 MB

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