Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Nun - Denis Diderot
Where do I find this books? Maybe I should start including pictures of the covers because in most cases that's contributes to my decision to pick them up from the used bookstores.
This is a very old book about a joke that was played on a soft-hearted gentleman. His friends pretended to be a young woman forced into a convent who pleads with the gentleman to help her break her vows and leave the convent. She tells her story of being a child of her mother's lover passed off as a daughter of her husband, but shunted to the cloistered life to prevent her from making claims on her family's estate.
It still has relevance for today because it illuminates the way women were treated as property to be bought or disposed of as desired. It shows the strength of character required to stand up for oneself and stay true to your convictions. A different read.
Published: 1972 (originally written 1760) Read: September 2016 Genre: Fiction, Classics