11 April, 2021

Sister Candide

Sister Jesme writes in an intense, informal voice, as if she were standing in the room, haranguing the reader

Sister Candide
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Sister Jesme writes in an intense, informal voice, as if she were standing in the room, haranguing the reader. She condenses 33 years of her life as a Malayali Catholic nun into a slender volume of prose, focusing on various stages of the turmoil that ultimately catapulted her out of the convent. It is a battle of whispers, fought through vicious character assassinations, forged signatures, lies, threats and ruthless venality.

What becomes clear, however, is that it’s not the Catholic Church but the individuals who rise to power within its hierarchy who are to blame. Through anecdotes ranging from petty rivalries and hormonal tides to serious corruption, Sr Jesme shows us the familiar picture present in other walks of life, of people projecting the meanest, most spiteful shades of the human spectrum.

The writing lacks flair and is often turgid, as the narrative lurches from one closet-drama to another. Yet Sr Jesme comes through as someone lively with intellectual doubt, yearning for moral certitude. Her passions, aside from Jesus,...

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