The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. I hate books that have a female protagonist who trys to get a celibate cleric to break his vowes and sleep with her. There is this idea nowdays that no one can have a fulfilling life without sex. Come on! There are people who are passionate about other things...God, medicine, scholarship, research, dangerous persuits.
Then I hate the idea that it is in some way noble to steer a person away from his or her vows, especially if they involve sex. This is especially true of someone who has chosen to be celibate, although to encourage a person to engage in adultry is bad enough.
The vows of a person should be respected. Would it be noble to encourage a recovering alcoholic to drink? Would it be noble to encourage an adult who struggles with a desire for young girls or boys to fulfill those desires? To encourage a person to break their vows is completely selfish and entirely self absorbed. It isn't romantic to think that someone wants you so badly that they broke their vows, or that somehow the love was so strong it had to be acted on. Tell that to Mrs. Eddie Fisher or Mrs. Richard Burton! And did those relationships last?
Sorry to rant! This one just hit me wrong.
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