Letters of a Portuguese Nun by Myriam Cyr
December 2, 2011 6:34pm CST
I was in a Borders book store before it closed, and my eyes fell on this book. It sounded familiar. I read the cover and back and decided it was a must to read. As I started reading this book, I realize my English teacher in high school had us read "Sonnets of a Portuguese Nun" While it all sounded mystical back then, reading this book by this author brought a full perspective and new meaning to this book. This is based on a true story though back then there was lots of doubt. When the book was first brought out with the Letters (sonnets) the book was 5 1/2 inches long, by 3 inches wide, containing 188 pages and fit in a lady's palm. The other thing I found amazing is that this Nun was officially credited with having written the letters, and they were filed under her name at the Library of Congress in Washington,D.C. If you love history and the ideals of life and love back then, you will find this a fascinating read. The author did an absolutely wonderful job of including Genealogy of the families, questions on love to ponder, end notes and bibliography. I have to admit I did not like reading these when I was in school because it seemed very hard to understand. Myriam Cyr brought this up to todays terms and has made this a very understanding and enjoyable find to read.
• United States
4 Dec 11
Sounds wonderful, the next time I get down to the library I will have to see if they have the book there. I know what you mean about books from when you were in High School. I had to read a book called "Black Like Me". It was a wonderful story about a white man who I don't remember exactly how he did it, but he took something to make his skin turn dark, and needless to say he was treated like a black man and found out how the black people were treated, because that is how he was treated. It was a great book. Enjoy your "Sonnets of a Portuguese Nun"