Amen -the Autobiography of a Nun" by Sr. Jesme 'so well written and entertaining as to be difficult to put down' as she claims in her book? She wrote in the afterword to the 178 Page English Version of her Autobiography, first published in Malayalam:
"People found the book unputdownable, as one incident flowed into another. My sincerity and courage in sharing all my experiences, unmindful of the consequences, was commended."
But is the book "unputdownable"? Is it well written and so entertaining that you will not put it down till you reach the last page? The fact that she is a nun and the hope that she is going to reveal the sexual escapades of the nuns and priests are the selling points of the book. Apart from that, the book is the plain narration of the boring life of an average Kerala [Indian] College Teacher, whose life is UGC, FIP and NAAC, and the petty office politics in which the narrator is always the victim.
But this does not play down Sr. Jesme's courage. Considering the cloistered Socio-cultural Mind-set of Malayalis, it is a wonder that this woman had the guts to stand up and say there is something wrong with the system, however unshocking it might be. It is great that this woman had the guts to get out of the system she did not like. It is also encouraging to know that, in spite of her disillusionment, she is trying to hold on to her belief system like dear life, the very same belief system that made her give this innocent answer during her interview: "I want to run to Him, leaving the water pot here itself, like how the Samaritan Woman in the Bible did, the moment she recognized Jesus to be her saviour."
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