Sister Jesme, born , is an academic from Kerala, India. She resigned from her post as of a Nun, Indian Express reviewing the book states that the book ” details the humiliation, “Amen: The autobiography of a nun by Sister Jesme”. Amen autobiography of Sister Jesme is a thrilling read. Sex, money and power struggle – her book, rather her life had all the elements which. Sister Jesme on why she wrote that controversial book Amen.
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Well, it would have to be Amen: The Autobiography of a nun by Sister Jesme. Before you read further let me warn you, I am not going to recommend this book so there are going to be a few spoilers in this review. So if you are planning to read it, skip this. But do come back and tell me what you think of the book.
There are 2 sides to Amen.
First is, how is Amen as an entertainment medium and second is the subject matter. Sister Jesme, born inrealized that she wanted to spend her life in service to Jesus when she was in her late teens. She completed all those courses and compulsory tests that you are supposed to do if you want to become a nun, for years and years apparently.
After joining the Church as a nun, she realizes that things are not like she thought they would be. Sister Jesme was forced into a homo relationship with a sister and although everyone knew about it they did not object. In fact jessme encouraged her to co-operate for their peace of mind.
She also states examples where a few priests are involved in sexual relationships zister the nuns. She also tells us that corruption is very common in schools and colleges run by the church. They ask for donations and many sisters harbor petty jealousies against other sisters. Sister Jesme was very outspoken on various issues such as donations among others which led to some of the senior sisters turning against her.
They perceived her as a threat. She gives a lot of examples and incidents to prove aen point. After some years, when she becomes the principle of a college, they try to remove her from the post by falsely accusing her of wrong doings. When that is unsuccessful, they try to get her admitted to a mental hospital and start treatments on her. Finally, she has enough and leaves the Congregation and goes into hiding. She is afraid that they will force her to come back and eventually prove that she is mentally unstable.
The press comes to know about it and they question the congregation. They tell them that she is mentally unstable. This book is one more embarrassment to the Catholic Church in Kerala along with the string of incidents that splashed on South Indian newspapers recently.
There was a Sister Abhaya Murder case in which two Catholic priests and a nun were arrested and the suicide case of a nun who was made to do all the chores in the convent and in the night she was sexually harassed by the head of the convent. In march issue, X, no. The Autobiography of Sr Jesme: The confession of a prostitute. Jdsme cover carries a photograph of my body, across which are plastered my references to sex in the book, taken out of context.
All I can say is that uesme be her personal reasons for writing the book I feel it was necessary. A few corrupt priests and nuns should not be allowed to corrupt the entire church system. I hope the church instead of denying the charges and accusations, try to find out the guilty and make it safe for others.
Now onto the point about how entertaining was the book. Honestly it was boring. But I finished it because I wanted to know what happened.
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The writing style is very novice and like reading history notes or something. One incident blends into the other and before you try and understand what happened you are pulled into an entirely non-related incident. I literally had to slog through it. Sorry Sister Jesme, but I think you should have co-written it with another author. This book was first released in Malayalam although it was originally written in English.
Read the news and Google the reviews. Time is too precious. Wow, that definitely sounds like a heavy subject!
‘My story had to be told’ – The Hindu
Seriously booking through it! It always makes me sad to see a book about an important subject with writing so bad it makes it hard to go through. Thanks for an honest review. If only to defend herself.
I wish her well. Smen, her story deserves to be told. The Sister Abhaya case was made into a movie — with a Mallu hero. I am not sure if the movie is entirely true! Though, it seems it is. Thanks for the review. I agree with you that this does sound like a book that needed to be written, but maybe it would have been better if it was written by someone else. Or at least easier to read. I think with some things you have to have the information directly from the source, though, regardless of the skill of the writer.
On a lighter note, Amsn gave you an award on my blog: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Celibacy is against nature. If we act against nature ame Celibacy it would naurally leads to sexual starvation which in turn leads to forced sex. Nuns and Fathers are normal humans with thier basic sex instincts which they forcebily suppress with their blind beliefs. But how long can they do that!!. Chruch cannot take away the rule of Celibacy since this rule is the foundation of their amsn.
Lets the Fathers and nuns celebrate thier life secretly if they are doing some good work for the society. By this way forced sex can be avoided. What is the problem with Sr. She is a blind believer and is unable to accept the truth of life.
Yes they are humans, but they also know what they are getting into when they decide to become nuns or priests. Sexual starvation is no excuse for forced sex. She also points out the corruption and the petty jealousies that go around in the church.
You present it in the most difficult situation being hunted from all corners. Here, the subject gets priority than the Shakespearean language and style! And in the small town of Cochin where she boo, in those days, it must have lasted just a couple of weeks! So how did she see it with her family in — a full 8 years later? Even maen movie in a spool sjster be impossible to lay hands on in small town like Cochin. A lie definitely by this ex-nun.
What you are sistee could be true but I also know that in small towns movies released much later than the actual release date. I remember watching Jurassic Park in a theater years after its release, in a small town.
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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Email Facebook Reddit Twitter. Thanks for the lovely review, Violet! Sounds good to me!
That is a serious book! Sounds like a great concept poorly executed.
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