A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an order of sequestered nuns. A new bell is being installed when suddenly the old bell, a legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. And then things begin to change. Meanwhile the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean. Originally published in 1958, this funny, sad, and moving novel is about religion, sex, and the fight between good and evil.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Murdock is sort of mix of Muriel Spark and Evelyn Waugh, but has a unique voice all her own. Symbols and characters clash to show us the interplay between motive and action. Like Spark, her novel can be read on several levels. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
I wanted to get to this book all year and I truely saved the best for last it appears. This is a great story, good character development and an interesting story. The book is published in 1958 and to ... Read full review
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