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THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE: My Climb Out of Darkness

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An introspective, decidedly un-cheery work that seeks to set the author's record straight.After Armstrong wrote an account of her seven years as a Catholic nun (Through the Narrow Gate, 1981), she ... Read full review

Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

User Review  - Marguerite - Goodreads

The Spiral Staircase is Karen Armstrong's account of her life after she left the convent. It tells how she came, by an unconventional route, to be a religious scholar and author. It includes a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachielle - Goodreads

In the Spiral Staircase, Karen Armstrong writes about her emergence into the real world after leaving the convent, where she was a Catholic nun for seven years. In it, she chronicles her climb out of ... Read full review

Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

This is a memoir following Karen Armstrong's journey from leaving a convent, going through school and a series of jobs, to becoming the religious scholar she is today. Merged with that faith to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jobiska (Cindy) - Goodreads

Oh, darn it. I am trying to read through books that I don't plan to keep in order to lighten the load on my shelves. I was really enjoying this work, which is an entertaining, touching memoir that ... Read full review

Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

This was a very interesting book. In it Karen Armstrong describes the circumstances that led to her leaving the convent she had entered at 17, after being there for 7 years. The library of congress ... Read full review

Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

User Review  - Smoovp - Goodreads

Already a big fan of Karen Armstrong's body of work, this biography of her winding, fitful path toward a spirituality that works for her was a worthwhile read for me. The last 1/4 of the book in ... Read full review

Review: The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Starting and ending brilliantly, occasionally lugubrious through the middle, Armstrong's memoir chronicles the period of her life between leaving the church and becoming a renowned religious scholar ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hannah Messler - Goodreads

She builds this around TS Eliot's Ash Wednesday, one of the most beautiful poems ever recorded on a mix-tape for me by Bo when we were kids, and so I am predisposed to either feel totally friendly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sull - Goodreads

Wow, a bomb of a book! KA entered a convent straight out of school in the early 60's, then left it 7 years later in the late 60's. she entered when shirtwist dresses & respect for one's elders was the ... Read full review

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