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Life as Carola [Hardcover]

Joan Grant
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11 Jan 2010
The second of Joan Grant's "Far Memory" novels, Life as Carola gives a fascinating glimpse into life in Italy just before the advent of the Renaissance. Through Carola's eyes, we see the beginnings of modern theater, and the tremendous extremes between the life of nobility and the common man. Carola was the illegitimate daughter of an Italian nobleman, the Lord of the Griffin, in sixteenth-century Italy. Cast out at an early age, she joined a band of strolling players. In her short lifetime Carola gathers harsh experience of poverty, violence and bigotry softened by the friendships she makes on the road: with Petruchio, both jester and sage, with Bernard, the gentle strongman, and Lucia, the harlot who loves him, and with healer Sofia, whose fate warns Carola to keep quiet about her dreams of the Shining One who guides and comforts her. As a child growing up in Edwardian England, Joan Grant became aware of an astonishing ability to remember previous lifetimes, and as an author professed her seven novels to be based on her personal recollections of other incarnations, male and female, in ancient civilisations. "Life as Carola was the book that pleased me most. I think it contains my best writing and poetry."-Joan Grant "The real power of this book is its personal account of a very intimate story-the growth and development of the inner character of a young woman, and her capacity to triumph in even the most adverse situations. This is a book filled with all the best qualities of human nature." Books of Light

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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Chorus Press (11 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597313858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597313858
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Grant's writing is deep and yet uplifting. A life story of a woman in whom a spiritual dimension lives spontaneously and naturally. The main character is born in the Middle Ages and not privileged. She lives a rich and eventful life with many turns, some experiences being quite painful. The inner depth and beauty of the author's voice makes the book a heart touching and nourishing read. Just beautiful. This, as Grant's other novels is based on what she remembers as her past lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully vivid, unclassifiable story 21 May 2011
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'Life As Carola' brings alive the life of early sixteenth century Italy in a multitude of aspects. We have detailed portrayals of and insights into the culture and life within and between different social classes, the violence and drunkenness of the tavern, the ravages of the plague and smallpox, the dangers of war and civil disturbances and the risks and vicissitudes of maritime life. Add to this the practice of 'witch'-burning and other barbaric practices of an oppressive church in which Grant astutely and penetratingly reveals the contradictions and spiritual emptiness of an institution hopelessly divorced from real religion and obsessed with dogmatism and would-be heresy. Detailing the fascinating adventures of Carola, an illegitimate daughter of an Italian nobleman who joins a group of strolling players, Grant's vivid depiction of the inner as well as outer life of a vast range of characters reveals an enormous range of both the higher and lower aspects of human nature, always drawn with empathy and understanding. And, as always with Grant, tales of adventure combine with a deep metaphysical and ethical dimension.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Grant 17 May 2013
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I lost all my books in a flood many years ago and despite looking in bookstores could never find the series written by Joan Grant, so happy to have this inspiring book back with others,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life as Carola 25 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Joan Grant has written a vivid account of her life as Carola, the illegitimate daughter of a Griffin in 16th century Italy. One in a series of her "past life" novels, this account is seen through the child Carola's eyes against the backdrop of pre-Renaissance Italy. As Carola faces major life challenges and matures into a young woman she grows both in strength of character and spirituality. Grant's style, as always, is seemingly effortless (as in Winged Pharaoh and Scarlet Feather) and it is as though she'd experienced this life herself. It's a masterly read which has parallels for today's society as it contrasts the harsh conditions of the very poor with the excessive privileges of the rich. The idea that we cast off our bodies at the end of each life (as an actor does his costume) and return again and again until we learn life's lessons provides an intriguing perspective. An unforgettable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Spiritual and Deeply Human 2 Sep 2011
By Amanda Huffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While most books expand one's intellectual knowledge, Joan Grant's novels inspire wisdom. Spiritual truths sparkle like precious gems throughout all of them. They are more than stories of forgotten eras, they are timeless manuals for living and dying. Life as Carola takes place in sixteenth-century Italy and characterizes the best and worst qualities of humanity and everything in between with emotional depth and poetic beauty. It is so far my favourite because it evokes how frustrating and lonely it is to retain memories of ancient wisdom and yet have to live in a society that niether understands nor accepts and therefore fears thoes who openly express it. They may not litterally torture and kill such ones anymore but they torture and kill us emotionally by making us feel that there is something wrong with us through words, lables, looks and subtle ignorance. The laws may have changed but the underlying judgemental attitude has changed little. In some ways I think this is even worse. Yet like Carola, I am proud to retain my memories of ancient teachings from other lives and realms beyond the physical whether society approves of it or not for also like Carola, they are my only comfort much of the time. It is important, however, to read Winged Pharaoh first since it is like the pilot light that all Joan's other novels glean their wisdom from. Thank you to Dawn Chorus Press for keeping these less popular of Joan's novels in print.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN INTERESTING READ 14 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very mystical read. It talked about things like withcraft, reincarnations, and sometimes Grant's descriptions of things were a little too grueling. However it was a good read and also a historical read that enlightended me about Renaissance Italy. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a good vocabulary and is ready for the breadth of emotions present in the book.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Historical read 1 July 2007
By Dawn Dellarocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I liked this book I rated it between 4.5 and 4.75 stars. I liked it because it was a historical novel. It was a good well-written story. It is about an illegitamite daughter and her mother where she joins a group of actors, joins a convent, tried for Witchcraft, and has a happy ending. It felt like I was in Renaissance Italy. I love reading about history, and witchcraft.
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