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I didn't realise that Hilary Mantel did comedy!,
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This review is from: Fludd (Kindle Edition)
My first experience of Hilary Mantel's writing, was reading Wolf Hall and I therefore assumed that she only wrote historical novels so I was delighted to read Fludd.
This is the story of a Priest, Father Angwin, who appears to have 'lost God', his Housekeeper and various and sundry Nuns at the local Convent. One day an edict is delivered to Angwin by the Bishop that some of the plaster saints in his church must be removed. This leaves the Priest, his Housekeeper and various villagers with a huge dilemma. Who to keep and who to bin and what to do with the losers. A plan is suitably thought up and the saints end up somewhere rather odd. Too much info here, would be a spoiler.
One day a mysterious Curate turns up, he is non other than Father Fludd who says that he has been sent by the Bishop to help Father Angwin out. The Nuns at the Convent are all a flutter at his arrival and in particular a young nun Philomena. The nuns in general are quite a beastly lot as they were in the '50's wielding rods of iron over their charges at the local Catholic school. The Mother Superior is a really well written character whose description by the author made me creep.
Towards the end of the book the mysterious issue of the statues arises again and with it also arises an issue between Philomena and Father Fludd! Woo Hoo. Well, perhaps not like that.
This is a really hilarious book with an incredible and rather eerie ending explaining where Father Fludd originally came from as he certainly wasn't sent by the Bishop.