Available in Canada for the first time since its initial publication in 1981, this is acclaimed author Karen Armstrong’s classic memoir of her life as a young woman in a convent — the precursor to the bestseller The Spiral Staircase.Through the Narrow Gate is Karen Armstrong’s intimate memoir of life inside a Catholic convent. With honesty and clarity, she explains what drove her at age seventeen to devote herself to God. Over the next seven years, she endures the difficulties of convent life — the enforced silence, the lack of friendship and family, her own guilt at not being able to stifle her voracious intelligence — and unveils the secrets of religious life during the post–Vatican II years.Through the Narrow Gate is a moving account of a young woman’s search for God and the experiences that put Karen Armstrong on her way to becoming one of the most admired and most respected interpreters of religious faith.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on Nov 5, 2010
I found this book to be very touching as well as very detailed. When I reached the end, I wanted to read more, so her sequel is on my TBR list.read more
Comments on Reread September 2011: Have I really read this book only twice? It has lost none of its power to enthral me even though I am, I hope, a more mature reader than I was in 2009. Parts of the book still move me to tears and I suspect always will. In this reading, however, I also found smiles (although not laughter) and know that Ms Armstrong's trip to Marks & Spencer is not the end of the story.read more
A well-written memoir by one of the top authors on religion of our time. It's a fascinating read about entering the Roman Catholic convent and how very psychological damaging that experience was on so many girls. Be sure to read the sequel "The Spiral Staircase."read more
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