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The Cloister Library Binding – Large Print, 4 Apr 2018

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ISBN-13: 978-1432850128 ISBN-10: 1432850121 Edition: Large Print

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  • Library Binding: 647 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Large Print edition (4 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432850121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432850128
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
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"James Carroll has written an enlightening, vitally important book, a necessity for our time."
-- Maxine Hong Kingston, author of I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

"I didn't know I needed this novel until I read it. As unflinching about the Holocaust as it is about the Crusades, The Cloister is a fearless exploration of the violent foundations on which our own historical inheritance rests. And like all the best fiction, it commandeers the reader's heart. Reading the riveting struggles of Carroll's vibrant Heloise and Abelard, I couldn't stifle an illogical hope that their compassion would rule their day. And setting the book down, I found myself asking what it would take to allow it to rule ours."
--Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink

"Fascinating in its evocation of the twelfth-century Catholic Church in France, this lavishly detailed historical novel serves as an education in historical philosophy, a poignant tale of devoted love, and a portrait of a postwar human crisis influenced heavily by both . . . This is definitely a thought-provoking book."
--Booklist

"James Carroll is an elegiac artist, a writer of great inclusiveness and tender sensibility. He invariably endows his subjects with deep humanity and understanding. And here, in this new look at the tragic story of Abelard and Heloise, he inadvertently reveals his own almost saintly qualities."
--Robert Brustein, author of Winter Passages

"This is a wonderful novel, and it's wonder-filled. James Carroll brings the XIIth century lovers, Abelard and Heloise, blazingly back to life, and he does so through the medium of a New York priest and a Parisian Jew. The present and the past illuminate each other, and the startling mysteries of prejudice, brutality, and love are made doubly vivid here. Like All the Light You Cannot See, The Cloister is a book of gravity and consequence that makes you need to turn and turn the page."
--Nicholas Delbanco, author of Curiouser and Curiouser: Essays

"With his familiar deftness and depth, James Carroll weaves a profound and compelling novel from diverse but overlapping narrative strands. From the conversations between a Catholic priest and a French Jewish woman in mid-twentieth century New York to the brutality of Nazi-occupied Paris, to the great medieval love story of Abelard and Heloise, The Cloister illuminates life's most vital questions, and proposes inspiring, radical, and timely answers."
--Claire Messud, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Girl and The Emperor's Children

"James Carroll has written an enlightening, vitally important book, a necessity for our time."
-- Maxine Hong Kingston, author of I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

"I didn't know I needed this novel until I read it. As unflinching about the Holocaust as it is about the Crusades, The Cloister is a fearless exploration of the violent foundations on which our own historical inheritance rests. And like all the best fiction, it commandeers the reader's heart."
--Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink

"Fascinating in its evocation of the twelfth-century Catholic Church in France, this lavishly detailed historical novel serves as an education in historical philosophy, a poignant tale of devoted love, and a portrait of a postwar human crisis influenced heavily by both . . . This is definitely a thought-provoking book."
--Booklist

"Carroll blends his well-aired interests in history, theology, and literary fiction in this deftly told story that partakes richly of all . . . A rich, literate tale well told."
--Kirkus Reviews

"James Carroll is an elegiac artist, a writer of great inclusiveness and tender sensibility. He invariably endows his subjects with deep humanity and understanding. And here, in this new look at the tragic story of Abelard and Heloise, he inadvertently reveals his own almost saintly qualities."
--Robert Brustein, author of Winter Passages

"This is a wonderful novel, and it's wonder-filled. James Carroll brings the XIIth century lovers, Abelard and Heloise, blazingly back to life, and he does so through the medium of a New York priest and a Parisian Jew. The present and the past illuminate each other, and the startling mysteries of prejudice, brutality, and love are made doubly vivid here. Like All the Light You Cannot See, The Cloister is a book of gravity and consequence that makes you need to turn and turn the page."
--Nicholas Delbanco, author of Curiouser and Curiouser: Essays

About the Author

JAMES CARROLL is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University and a columnist for The Boston Globe. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and is the author of eleven previous novels and eight works of nonfiction. He lives in Boston.

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