- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; New edition edition (31 May 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571152929
- ISBN-13: 978-0571152926
- Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 0.8 x 12.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,700,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keeping the Faith: A Novel Paperback – 31 May 1989
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The story is well written, flows well and gives an insight into the feelings and in some ways stigma that young people have to deal with when being brought up by religious parents. The story centres around Maud and is told as a flashback to her early life.
Maud's parents are deeply religious and attempt to bring Maud up the same way but as most teenagers do at some point in their lives they rebel and want to live life the way they want to live it. In some ways this was quite reminiscent of my upbringing as we were brought up to go to Church every week and I did rebel. Maud's parents are quite strict about her seeing young men and don't always agree with her choice of boyfriend/admirer and the fact that she wants to go out socialising in ways that they don't always agree with. We journey with her through her innocence to early adulthood and relationships.
The book has been likened to Oranges are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, so if you enjoyed that story then you'll more than likely enjoy this. At 119 pages of narrative this is only a short story but it certainly packs a lot into it.
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I liked 'Oranges' but for me the book that comes closest to recording my own experience of that teenage emotional blight known as Christian fundamentalism is 'Keeping The Faith'. The closing section where she writes 'Show me a cross and I'll show you a....etc.' is superb. Amen, sister!!
True, 'Keeping'lacks the technical virtuosity of 'Oranges' but I wonder how many 'Oranges' fans REALLY understand the fairy tale chapters and how many like me relished in fact only those chapters of realistic narrative such as you find in 'Keeping'.
Anyway, I did not write this recommendation for 'Keeping' because I wanted to question/undermine 'Oranges' reputation. Far from it. I only feel the Clewlow book's disappearance without trace is a travesty of poetic justice.
Come on, all you fellow sufferers under the scourge of evangelicalism, let's get 'Keeping The Faith' back in the shops where it can help save a few more of us!!
What's that? You say you grew up in a family that rarely attended church more often than once a week and didn't make a high priority out of worrying about sinful behavior? Hmmm . . . maybe that's why this book never made it into the mainstream. It may be too far from normal experience for very many people to be able to relate to.
But as for me, well, I've been wishing for some time that I had stolen the library's copy before they decided to discard it, and I'm delighted to be able to find a used copy here.