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  • Audio CD: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Highbridge Company; Unabridged edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611746639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611746631
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,566,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`An intensely imagined novel about one of the defining questions of the century just past: where and how we choose to draw the line between innocence and guilt, ignorance and complicity. Obedience also asks us to consider what ghastly harm is committed in the name of love. It's rare to find a book that is seemingly so simple, but is really ambiguous and thought-provoking.'
--Hilary Mantel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jacqueline Yallop read English at Oxford and did her PhD in nineteenth-century literature at the University of Sheffield. She has worked as the curator of the Ruskin Collection in Sheffield and is the author of the non-fiction work Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves and the novel Kissing Alice. She currently lives in France. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2011
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I liked this book, but sadly, not as much as I thought I would. I liked the concept of the elderly nuns in the decaying convent, I liked the looking back to the German occupation of France, I liked the idea of the nun loving a man and paying the price. I just didn't like Sister Bernard at all unfortunately. I just kept waiting for more............ I felt that there was more to be said about the sisters and the hierarchy at the convent, Mother Catherine in particular. I just felt sort of let down, as though there was 'unfinished business' when I'd finished the book. I like the whole 'secrets and lies' thing, but I just felt it needed more........ explanations, reasons, I don't know, it just didn't really work for me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amy J. on 6 Aug. 2011
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I loved this book! The central character, Sister Bernard, is fascinating and ultimately very engaging - portrayed as stupid and shut off from the world around her, in all kinds of ways, she is not the usual 'romantic heroine' by any means. Her story is beautifully told; it's very intense and moving and it carries the reader along through the years. It's a dark story, told with a detached, clear prose that I found unsettling, and the religious element is handled very subtly and well. The setting is lovely - you get a real sense of rural France, of war-time living in an occupied village. Generally I found it a sophisticated and thought-provoking book, a wise exploration of love and belief; very ambiguous and actually quite difficult to pin down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally Zigmond VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2011
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Three elderly nuns are the only ones left in a crumbling convent in rural France and are about to leave everything they know. Sister Maria has dementia and is taken to a nursing home where she soon dies. Sisters Teresa and Bernard are on their way to live out the rest of their lives together in a residential home for retired nuns and priests. But at the last minute, Teresa changes her mind and goes to live with an old friend, Corrine, leaving Bernard to face a bleak future alone.

Sister Bernard, obedient, unquestioning, perhaps a little inadequate, has a dark past. Everyone seems to know about it but it is never talked about having been swept under the carpet although a trip to the local village to commemorate the Armistice stirs up old hatreds for her act of betrayal during the German occupation. How could a woman of God have done such a thing?

The novel develops through chapters set in the past and the future through which slowly, Bernard's character and her actions are revealed or, rather, implied. For this is a novel where readers are required to work things out for themselves. We know nothing of the reasons why she took the veil or her parentage, although I believe her father was a deeply unpleasant man and that his was the basis for the voice Bernard assumes is that of God. Bernard constantly craves affection but never receives any which is why she naively falls in love with a German soldier who only pays attention to her because of a bet. Later on she suddenly stops hearing the Voice of God which, although constantly complaining and criticising, had hitherto given her life meaning and purpose. Despite its harshness, at least she was getting the attention she craved. When it is lost to her she is bereft.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2011
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When I began this novel, I anticipated awarding it a higher rating than I have given here. Yallop's prose is quite sparse but beautiful. She is able to create a strong sense of atmosphere. However, as I read further into the novel, I became frustrated by it as lthough I had a sense of place, my sense of the characters was not so strong. Sister Bernard, the nun who has the affair with a German soldier and commits the act of betrayal, never seems to be fully grasped. Why she committed this act is relatively unexplored - there is a suggestion that she does it so as to be indispensable to the soldier she loves, but this does not really explain such a terrible act. Likewise, why she so easily begins the affair with the soldier, and therefore disobeys her orders to God, is also unexplained. Even her relationship with God was a mystery - at the beginning, whilst she was hearing Him talk to her, she saw him as a nuiscance; almost like a stroppy child. Then, later, when He is no longer talking to her, she misses Him. Why is slightly unclear. What all of this ambiguity results in is that it is hard connecting with the characters of this novel. In turn, this means it is hard to care for them.

This was such a disappointing read. Although the prose was beautiful in parts, the characterisation let it down badly. Only a few days after finishing this book, already they have slipped from my mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2012
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We are in rural France, in a crumbling grey-stone convent inhabited by three elderly nuns as they make themselves ready to leave the building that has been their home for decades. Once an industrious and peaceful cloister of nuns of all ages, the numbers have dwindled over the years until only Sisters Bernard, Therese and Marie remain. The convent has been more than a home to these three elderly nuns: it has been their place of worship, their workplace and it has sheltered them from the more unpleasant aspects of the modern world; to leave the convent, therefore, is a huge undertaking, not least for our main protagonist, Sister Bernard, who is now in her nineties.

The story moves backwards and forwards in time as we read of how Sister Bernard entered the convent as a simple-minded young woman who had always heard the unremitting voice of God in her head and we learn that: "Even at thirty, in her prime, she was not beautiful. Her hair was already thin and her skin faded, her hands were wretched. No one spoke to her much, except God." And it is when Sister Bernard is at the so called prime of her life, when the convent is occupied by German troops, that she succumbs to the attentions of a young soldier (not a spoiler, we learn this very early on in the story) which results in an act of betrayal that has far reaching consequences.

This is a powerful, original and impressive novel that looks at the terrible damage that can be inflicted in the name of love. Jacqueline Yallop's prose flows elegantly but this isn't a smoothly beguiling story and if you want a light read for bedtime, then this isn't it. 'Obedience' is an unsettling, poignant and intense read which I found thought-provoking and engrossing and I am now interested in looking at her previous novel: Kissing Alice which also appears rather intriguing.

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