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Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship Paperback – July 30, 2002
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What is most compelling about this work, aside from the amazing linkages between history and physics and fiction and love and scientific method, are the details. I have never seen a book so full of details, minor and major, from the colour of the walls in each bedroom to the recipe for barley zucchini casserole to the beads of water on Mary's white nikes.They're wonderful details; her narrative comes in the details.
This book is charming, funny, startlingly thoughtful and even, at one point at least, overwhelmingly profound (she got me to cry over my chinese food in a mall food court.) It isn't a standard novel, and at times you won't feel sure that what you're reading is fiction at all (is the narrator really just the author? Is she telling us about her own life? Is this a history book? Is it some form of non-fiction?) But I think it's that variety and that richness that gives this book it's character. I would definitely recommend it, and I've already lent out my copy, and have had requests from others to be next on the list.
If Our Lady of the Lost and Found were adapted for film -- and it should be -- the soundtrack might start with OutKast, continue with Bach's Goldberg Variations and end with Erik Satie.
This is a touching postmodern ("a word which nobody really knows what it means") story of a perfectly happy solitary writer's perfectly natural perfect houseguest: Our tired Blessed Virgin Mary in need of a quiet vacation and quiet human friendship. It is meditative homage to the nonCatholic, neoagnostic author's new unexpected lifelong friend Mary, an elegy to quiet friendship between complex women who have learned to savor the exquisite pleasures of everyday life with clear understated Zen humor and irony. It is both an eclectic global education in Mariology and the tender, moving "novel of Mary, faith and friendship" Diane Schoemperlen found herself setting aside another book to write.
"Pour yourself a cold glass of water on a hot summer day and remember that the vessel was made by fire, Heraclitus' symbol of change. Think about transparent glass taking on the color of whatever is poured into it: green Kool-Aid, brown tea, red blood.Read more ›
But I do know that I've always tended to view people who see the Virgin's image in inanimate objects as being less than brilliant, as silly religious zealots. Like the narrator, I felt superior to these people, all the while wholeheartedly believing in ghosts, spirits and other supernatural subjects. Why can't I believe that Mary has really appeared? This book has made me look at that, to question why one is more valid to me than the other. Once I was finished reading this book I felt alone and sad, and found myself wishing Mary would visit me, too...
I was drawn in by the title, and the storyline was irresistable. I read this book any moment I could, so enthralled by the way the author interwove history, science and religious fervor, interspersing it with a modern-day first-person "account" of a Marian visitation. The subtle humor throughout kept the story moving along, though I did weep from time to time while reading. This book was so simple and moving, I felt as if the narrator's experience could be true. And Mary, well, she seemed like a long lost friend, someone anyone would be pleased to have as a guest.
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It was a lovely concept and quite a bit of fun to read. The history of Mary through history was interesting although at times disjointed. All in all a good read.Published 12 days ago by Carmen Scholl
I found the plot of this book very silly and not as deep as it seems the author intended. I found it foolish and condescending. Not a fan.Published 3 months ago by Sarah George
This was an interesting premise, just not executed well. Mary plays a very small part in the story. The majority of the novel is just a rehashing of history, both the protagonist's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I learned more about Mary and many saints. The story was told with a sense of humor and a great amount of research.Published 6 months ago by Maureen L Thuman
I love this book and reread my copy frequently. It's got several yellow stickies bookmarking especially enjoyable passages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bookie
Given to me as a gift by my Spiritual Director who has helped me as I develop a relationship with Mary, I found it delightful, compelling, insightful and most of all fun to read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Blessedbybooks