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Calugarita has ratings and reviews. Jonfaith said: Man was born to live with his fellow human beings. Separate him, isolate him, his character. Denis Diderot este unul dintre acei autori fara de care este imposibil sa intelegem generosul si paradoxalul Veac al Luminilor, care a dat. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 14 by Denis Diderot. La religieuse by Denis Diderot. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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It ends in a confused and abrupt fashion, though. Her womanhood has been denied,her femininity abused. Bonus points for Diderot’s generous characterizations of the complexities of gender roles waaay before there was any modern idea such as lesbianism The plot hurries away through the despairing to wretchedness. The story, though not one that’s out to preach against monastic life, certainly does raise valid questions about it, and for that, I had to give Diderot credit, despite not liking the story as a whole all that much.

Suzanne is half naked she’s all oblivious and when asked with natural accents about sins of the flesh, she proves herself innocent. Here’s one of the most eloquent passages in which Suzanne, the persecuted nun-against-her-will expresses her desolation: However, it is also written in Wikipedia that Diderot had a nun sister who died in a French Catholic church from overwork.

Open Preview See a Problem? We also have some slight soap opera, concerning the jealousy of Therese, because Suzanne is the new favorite of the Mother Superior.

Every nun and priest says “Well, The whole novel is of epistolar nature, since Suzanne writes this to a Marquis.

Apple rated it did not like it Feb 07, Yet the jokes and humour never occlude the resounding pathos of Suzanne’s desperate situation: Her spiritual director, Father Lemoine is the only good character that aims to save her from mortal sin.

She will have to work didfrot, subject to all kinds of insecurities, and male violence.

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Everything in the convent changes and regains, at least formally, some of its religious fervor. This is the one thing that Diderot does a good job at in La Religieuse: Take our day and age in comparison, where such an act is legally considered to be kidnapping and is punishable with imprisonment for both the parents and the leaders of the convent.


And I read random articles penned by Diderot, and laughed with the ghosts of wit past. The story demonstrates an altogether different viewpoint to the life of nuns. Or the unfaithful mother, who pushes her child into a monastery, so that she can redeem herself in heaven. I might add that, despite being a, 18th century novel, it is very accessible. The pointlessness, the suffering, the sexual assaults, the horrible punishments starvation, physical attacks, rotting away in dungeons – Diderot offers posterity an account of these miserable daily lifes.


The Reformation was history and the lives of nuns who’d fled their cloisters to commit to a secular life, like Katharina Von Bora and Marie Dentiere, was probably all but forgotten, but still I can see there must’ve been some smug satisfaction at this deep critique of mo Compelling fiction from a remarkable author, even though it began as something of a selfish prank.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She’s perfectly beautiful, talented at singing and playing music, innocent and pious to a fault, sinless, aside from one moment of eavesdropping. He therefore warned his fellow philosophers against an overemphasis on mathematics and against the blind optimism that sees in the growth of physical knowledge an automatic social and human progress.

Diderot’s The Nun La Religieuse is the seemingly true story of a young girl forced by her parents to enter a convent and take holy orders.

Keeping a group of highly emotional women many of whom had little to no actual education but much of the superstition that comes with a maniacal fixation on religion secluded from normal society could be really dangerous.

Let me present to you the suffering and unwilling — and quite dixerot — Sister Susan, formerly Maria-Susannah Simonin.

The book is flawed, alas, by the most absurdly rushed ending.

Erich Springer rated it it was ok Sep 22, At face value, this is a slim and straight-forward epistolary novel about a young woman who is forced into covenant life by her awful, self-absorbed parents, who then proceeds to stand firm to her ideals as she is antagonized by sadistic, power-hungry hypocrites and mentally disturbed sex fiends.

Abdulaziz rated it did not like it Dec 02, An archdeacon discovers all of this and justice is made once, at least once in this book. I particularly struck by a few aspects of this book. This new translation includes Diderot’s all-important prefatory material, which he placed, disconcertingly, at the end of the novel, and which turns what otherwise seems like an exercise in realism into what is now regarded as a masterpiece of proto-modernist fiction.


Emily Pickering rated it did not like it Feb 13, The book was distributed after Diderot’s demise and accepted to be a genuine story of cloister adherent in someway.

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Separate him, isolate him, his character will go bad, a thousand ridiculous affects will invade his heart, extravagant thoughts will germinate in his brain, like thorns in an uncultivated land.

Also, learning in the book’s introduction that it was supposed to be a joke, I could not help but laugh in many scenes in it. I can also see how the lesbian tendencies could come about, although I think the male author gets a bit carried away with his imaginings at times: I know it was a joke, but She’s denied things on purpose, treated inhumanely as a priest aims to verify whether she’s really possessed, and the other nuns do things against her.

Diderot was not a fan of religion either so this piece could have been written to simply oppose the Catholic Church which was extremely powerful in his 18th century France. They are just made into fiction to be more interesting. The second half of the book, in which we meet the obviously-lascivious-and-lesbian-except-to-the-heroine Mother Superior, gets more interesting.

One of them was about WWII and the other one is a book on humor jokes.

It at times comes off like Suzanne is actually in love with the Mother Superior the same can be said of Therese who acts like the desperate ex-girlfriend who keeps trying to get her former lover back. Imagine a little gothic flavor and good prose, but a lame excuse for sending someone to a convent.

Lots of the story was invented as a way of producing inflammatory charges against these institutions, which it certainly did. For Diderot knew how to spread Fake News long before they made the real news and became an epidemic in the fake world of So, more punishments come.