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Passable enough if you bypass the middlebrow (lowbrow?) theology
on 29 April 2017
An easy enough read - passable holiday material. Agnes is an engaging personality and the tale rattles along reasonably well. But the Alain character - the guy restoring the cathedral (there's never any sign of anyone else but him doing this, which is daft) - is a pain. Even worse are the dreadful theological discussions he has with Agnes - skip them; you won't lose anything. There are some good characters - dippy Professor Jones, the awful Madame Beck and her buddy Madame Picot, and Mother Catherine - and the author has fun with them. These are the stuff of good storytelling - not high-flown theological debates that don't come off.