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Publisher Comments:

With "careful prose and a tone of humble striving" (New York Times Book Review), this revelatory first novel by a cloistered monk traces a young man's search for wisdom among the inhabitants of a Cistercian monastery. In 1973, Paul Seneschal, a shy nineteen-year-old from rural Manitoba, takes flight from the world behind the wrought iron gates of St. Norbert Abbey. Here forty monks grow their own food, wake at three in the morning to pray, and converse largely through a spare but expressive vocabulary of hand signals. Renamed Brother Antoine, Paul strives for wisdom and holiness, yet life within the cloister can't block out all of humanity's foibles. One monk lapses into pyromania; another, a French Canadian, attacks any English-speaker who gets too close; another resembles "a bald Martha Ray." We soon see that even in this rarefied realm, human folly nestles cheek by jowl with the divine. A wise yet refreshingly humorous account of a life of faith, ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN offers an a fascinating glimpse into a quiet world that very few people know about.

Synopsis:

This revelatory novel by a cloistered monk traces a young man's search for wisdom among the inhabitants of a Cistercian monastery of strict observance. In simple prose full of striking imagery, "All We Know of Heaven" brilliantly brings to life a rarefied realm where human folly nestles cheek by jowl with the divine.

About the Author

Remy Rougeau is a cloistered monk living in the Upper Midwest. He holds an MFA from Emerson College and has published parts of this novel in the Atlantic Monthly and elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618219223
Author:
Rougeau, Remy
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Christian fiction, American
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Monks
Subject:
Manitoba
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.24x5.54x.65 in. .53 lbs.

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