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The Naked Name of Love [Kindle Edition]

Sanjida O'connell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1865, as Darwin's new theory of evolution begins to sweep aside old certainties, a young Jesuit priest and plant-hunter sets out into an unknown world. He is driven by twin passions: for science and for his faith. Travelling across the Eastern Steppes of Mongolia in the company of a Buddhist monk and a local horseman, Joseph's journey is fraught with danger, both physical and spiritual. But it is Namuunaa, the gifted shaman woman who saves his life, who offers a greater challenge: she will teach him what it is to love.

A story of East meeting West and of a love that transcends culture, faith and, ultimately, tragedy, this is both a novel on an epic scale and an astonishingly intimate story.

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'A beautiful story of West meeting East and of love that transcends culture, faith and ultimately, tragedy, this is a novel on an epic scale and an astonishingly intimate story' (Irish Post)

'Accounts of the natural world are quite beautiful and the psychological acuteness of some of the novel's events, such as the senseless, brutal killing of a mule by a soldier bent on displaying his power, is effective and disquieting' (Sydney Morning Herald)

'Grapples with faith and science post-Darwin as East and West cultures clash on the steppes of Mongolia in 1865. It is a very special book, a lovely novel for The English Passengers or Stars of the Sea market, and an epic love story beautifully written' (Bookseller)

Praise for Sanjida O'Connell (-)

Taut, complex and highly original (The Times on Angel Bird)

Sanjida O'Connell does for sugar what Dava Sobel did for Longitude: make a gripping drama out of dry school lessons (Guardian on Sugar: the Grass that Changed the World)

'[O'Connell] has quite an imagination.' (Dover Express; Folkestone Herald; Deal + Sandwich Express)

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I would have crossed the world to be with you . . .

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (29 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OIBA0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Sanjida O'Connell is a writer, journalist and broadcaster.

She's the author of four novels, Theory of Mind, Angel Bird, The Naked Name of Love and Sugar Island.

She's contributed to a number of non-fiction books, including Animal Life and Nature's Calendar, based on the BBC TV series, which she co-presented with Chris Packham.

Her other non-fiction books are Mindreading: How we learn to love and lie, Sugar: The grass that changed the world and Chimpanzee: The making of the film.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, engrossing and atmospheric. 23 Sept. 2009
By Rebecca
This book deserves to be better known than it is.

It is ultimately about change and how it affects our lives. In a wider sense, how Darwin's theory was changing views on science, religion and the natural world and in a more personal way, how one priest was changed and forced to re-examine his beliefs about faith and love by his travels and experiences in China and Mongolia. In particualr his feelings for a woman he meets and falls in love with during his stay.

It is very atmospheric, really evoking a sense of the places and events described and awakened my interest in a place and time I knew little about before reading this book. You can't read it and not be left wishing to see these places yourself.

Parts of this book have stayed with me long after I finished the last page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A priest discovers the wider world.... 26 May 2009
By nsm
The book is a well written account of Joseph's travels through China and Mongolia to collect fossils, plant and bird specimens to take back to England. During his travels Joseph's faith in himself as a priest, and in God are tested by Mendo, a Buddist monk travelling with him and by his Naamuunaa, a woman he meets during his travels. Not a fast paced book, but a thoroughly enjoyable, touching read that may get you to reflect on what lenghts you would go to to achieve your goals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Name of Love 9 Jan. 2011
I read this as part of a Book Group, and not only did I enjoy the book but I also thought it one of the most interesting and well-written of those that we have read as a group. The story is compelling for a number of reasons: in particular it is surprising that Joseph can stay true to his own faith despite the obvious conflicts with his human desires, his understanding of evolution and the alternative beliefs of those he meets on his travels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 12 Sept. 2011
The Naked Name of Love is THE most all consuming and well written book I have ever read. The author transports the reader right into the middle of Outer Mongolia so that you can almost see, hear and touch the landscape and its inhabitants for yourself. Utterly brilliant!
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