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That Same Flower: Floria Aemilia's Letter to Saint Augustine (tr)

Author(s): Gaarder, Jostein Pages: 180
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux Date of Publication: 1997
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Period: c. 400 AD (Code: 9b)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: n First Person: y
Detective/Narrator: Floria
Subject: Floria Aemilia, Augustine's cast-off (after 12 years & the birth of a son, Adeodatus, 'given by God') concubine tells her story in a letter written to him years after Augustine's interfering mother, Monica, sent her back to Carthage. Floria demonstrates her intelligence and her familiarity with classical texts, which she quotes in support of her arguments. She criticizes AugustineÕs austere anti-corporal views as too severe.(CSM)--- After they have lived apart for several years and their son has died, Floria Aemilia, St. Augustine's ex-lover, writes a letter to him in which she argues that his God of the Confessions should not demand abstinence. Adamson/WHF '98
Unique Qualities: Translated from the Norwegian by Anne Born
Rating: In creating a novel that gives this forgotten woman her say, Gaarder invites readers to take a fresh look at some enduring issues of faith and morality. (Merle Rubin)
Review By: Merle Rubin
Review In: Christian Science Monitor Apr 8, 1998:

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