The land of spices

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Penguin Books, 1941 - Fiction - 285 pages
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Behind the high, closed walls of a convent in the Irish countryside, the lives of its inhabitants are gently marked by the daily rituals of spiritual life. Watching over Anna, her sensitive and poetic young charge, the Mother Superior revisits her childhood relationship with her father. As Anna develops from a six-year-old to a scholarship candidate, Helen comes to understand her own heart and makes peace with her past.

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User Review  - KymmAC - LibraryThing

Started of excruciatingly slow, but about halfway through I fell in love with it. Loved the character interplay between Anna and Mother Superior. Surprisingly modern thinking and feminist. Sorprised to learn afterwards (duh) that Kate O'Brien was a lesbian. Does it even matter? Read full review

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User Review  - Kasthu - LibraryThing

Set in an Irish convent school in the early years of the 20th century, The Land of Spices is a novel that covers the school career of Anna Murphy, who comes to Compagnie de la Sainte Famille at the ... Read full review


The First Chapter the holy habit
The Second Chapter vocation
The Third Chapter in the parlour

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Kate O'Brien (1897-1974), one of Ireland's greatest and best-loved writers, was born in Limerick. As well as writing plays, travel and biography, she published nine beloved novels.

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