Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Nun in the Closet

Monday, September 28, 2009

How things change.

Dorothy Gilman's
A Nun in the Closet was copyrighted in 1975.

In the book, the abbess of the Abby of St. Tabitha's sends two Benedictine nuns, Sister John and Sister Hyacinth, to look at an old house. An unknown benefactor gave them the house in his will.

As the story unfolds, Sister John leads a protest of transient Hispanic immigrant workers against the town of Gatesville.

The protest ends with the mayor standing up and saying, "And I'd like to go on record as saying right here and now, that Gatesville is delighted to see the migrant workers in Gatesville at any time. In our churches . . . in our stores . . . in our streets."

How things change.

This is a silly little book. Sisters John and Hyacinth run across a wounded fugitive. They name him Sister Ursula. They hide him from all the different people who wander onto this supposedly deserted property. Needless to say, they dress him in a nun's outfit.

Later, they come across an Eastern guru, the mafia, the FBI, and a band of hippies orphaned from the sixties. Sister John rides a motorcycle. (Despite the book cover, I thought Sister John always rode with a hippie friend driving, but I may be wrong.)

In other words, this is a typical Dorothy Gilman book, fun and silly.

I like the Mrs. Pollifax stories better, but that may be because those are in strange settings. If the facts aren't exactly right, I don't know the difference.

I read this book as a quick get-away from all the junk you see on the news, people shouting at each other and the like. And the book did just that. It was a humorous getaway.

Maybe in this conflicted day and age, we need more books like this.

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