This is a charming book: written as a novel in which Mary shows up at the author's house for a week of R and R, it has lots of interesting stories about the veneration of Mary over the centuries. There's an unaccountably moving chapter about Mary on the internet, which ends with the author sending a note into cyberspace: "My dearest Mary I miss you."


 
 



I just got this book. It seems like a sort of coffee-table book, with lots of attractive reproductions of Marian visual art. I'll tell you more about the text when I actually read it.


 




I found this book very exceedingly strange to read. A former Protestant who is now a really by-the-book Catholic has written a party-line exegesis of Catholic doctrines relating to Mary. Useful to know this stuff, but really a very strange experience for me. I don't think I've ever read a book in which the word "dogma" was used with absolutely NO negative connotation implied!






I JUST got a hold of this book for a reasonable price after searching for it for months. (The link is to only one copy (for a reasonable price) so you might want to go for it if you're interested. (Amazon has others for sale for something like $45.)) It isn't at the New York Public Library either. Marina Warner talks about this book as really interesting, and somehow the idea of an echt-Bloomsbury study of two radically different female saints seems pretty cool to me. More when I've had a chance to read it.