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4.0 out of 5 stars A life with depth & turns in the Middle Age Europe, 15 July 2009
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Ms. Satu A. K. Samuli "Satu" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully vivid, unclassifiable story, 21 May 2011
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Pablo (Co. Down/ Navarra) - See all my reviews
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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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Life as Carola by Joan Grant (Paperback - 9 Dec 1993)
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