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Life as Carola Paperback – 9 Dec 1993

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alliance Press,U.S.; New edition edition (9 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898041449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898041446
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,228,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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While many novels may expand one's knowledge, spiritual truths are rarely found in them. This book is a notable exception. Truth and wisdom sparkle like precious gems throughout Life as Carola, the second of Joan Grant's 'far memory' books about her previous incarnations. Her she recalls a tempestuous life lived as a strolling player in Italy in the early 16th Century. This is a moving and powerful book which brings the past so vividly to life that the reader feels he is actually present within its pages, tasting, hearing and smelling the colourful atmosphere of those times.

The book paints a vivid and authentic portrait of life in 16th Century Italy at the birth of the Renaissance and provides incisive insights into the culture and life within and between the different social classes. We witness the drunkenness of the tavern, the ravages of the plague and smallpox, the dangers of war and the risks and vicissitudes of maritime life. The most moving and powerful incidents in the book are the harrowing descriptions of the oppressive and cruel practices of the Roman Church at a time when it held full sway over the minds and bodies of its followers. Joan Grant describes an institution utterly divorced from genuine religion, dogmatic, cruel and despotic, which will stop at nothing to maintain its power and influence over the masses it controls through fear, guilt, greed and shame, but does nothing to enlighten.

In no other book does the author so clearly and compellingly reveal the heights and depths of human nature. She does this with great empathy and understanding through her vivid depictions of the thoughts, feelings and actions of a vast range of different characters ranging from the good, through the not-so-good to the irremediably evil.
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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
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Spiritual and Deeply Human 2 Sept. 2011
By Amanda Huffman - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all her 21 Oct. 2014
By Ramona Beauvais - Published on Amazon.com
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It was the only book she has written that I did have. I love all her books
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2016
By Bik Fransje - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book with a great insight in history too.
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