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I read a lot, around 75 books a year. This is one of the most compelling , perceptive and thought provoking books I have read in the last 20 years. BUT I could wish Audible had chosen to issue a different translation. This is the 1901 translation from Old English, which sounds manageable, but the translator seems to have imagined how people might have spoken in ye olden days, had they used modern vocab, and tried to reproduce it! That's what makes it a hard read. I've read extracts in other translations and as non fiction goes it's a page turner. Not so this edition.
I am going to buy it again in another edition, maybe I'll find one on Kindle. I wanted a human reader first off, but synthetic audio on a version without the words 'weel', 'meed' and 'forsooth' etc would be preferable. I never had to look up so many words in what is supposedly my own language!
The high star rating is for the book. They are not straight 5s because of the translation, and because there are no chapter markers, which makes navigation very hard.
Audible, please give us a better edition. I will buy it without reservation. This is a masterwork, let it shine.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Beautifully expresses the nature of man and God. To think it is probably the first book written in English by a woman is mind blowing too. Wonderfully read by Pam Ward.
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Would you listen to Revelations of Divine Love again? Why?
Julian of Norwich's writing is at once profoundly nuanced in terms of scholastic theology but rooted in the personal experiences and poetry of mysticism. She can stand toe to toe with her medieval peers yet does not submit to playing their game by their rules. Her meditations have the power to inform, entertain, and inspire.
Which scene was your favorite?
I love the scene with the hazelnut. Fans of hers know what I mean (the beauty of the passage is well known and for good reason). New readers will be surprised by the subtly and accessibility of her views of the universe.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"A surprising vision of women and Christianity in the middle ages"
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I find Julian's writing difficult, at times, to personally connect with. Like Shakespeare, her writing follows different patterns and structure than modern English language. Pam Ward's reading, which is emotive and clear, helps tremendously with following the meaning and capturing the depth of feeling that Julian conveys. I love it and would recommend highly to anyone seeking to feel and understand this beautiful work.