I desperately needed a quick read to squeeze in another book to keep up the momentum in my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017 and lo and behold, there was Sister Madge’s Book of Nuns by Doug MacLeod sitting on the shelf waiting to step into the breach.
Ten Second Synopsis:
The blurb at Goodreads tells us only that this book is “A collection of stories of life behind the walls of the Convent of Our Lady of Immense Proportions” and that should give you pretty much all the information you’ll need to help you decide whether or not you’re going to pick up this book. In case you need more convincing, this a collection of fictional poems written by a fictional nun about all the other fictional nuns living at their fictional convent.
Time on the TBR Shelf:
A year, roughly? Probably longer.
I had this book on my Goodreads TBR list and then I came across it on special at Booktopia so decided to snap it up.
Reason I haven’t read it yet:
Sheer laziness. Or, in more biblical terms, rampant sloth.
- The fact that the convent is called “Our Lady of Immense Proportions”. Honestly, that’s enough of a laugh in itself to justify buying the book.
- The poems take up about a page each and are accompanied by amusing illustrations. There is enough variety in the personal vices of the nuns presented here – from feeding small children to zoo animals, to reading Women’s Weekly magazine, to riding motorbikes through a corner store – to amuse and delight even the most staid of religious zealots.
Less Impressive Bits:
- This is a niche sort of a book that doesn’t necessarily warrant much of a re-read although it would be good to pass around to like-minded friends and colleagues.
On reflection, was this worth buying?
I suspect I could have had similar enjoyment from this one had I just borrowed it from the library.
Where to now for this tome?
To be sold at suitcase rummage.
I’m glad I’ve finally got this one out of the way, even though it is such a short book that I could have read it any time. I promise that at the end of this month I’ll have a longer TBR book for you – Greenglass House is what I’m aiming to have read. You can check out my progress toward the Mount TBR Reading Challenge here.
Until next time,