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All art is unstable. It's meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author, There is no authorative active voice. There are only multiple readings. David Bowie, 1995

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A legendary love comes alive

The Sharp Hook of Love  by Sherry Jones  

A tragic love story that transcends the mists of time to re vitalize and reaffirm the strength of love itself. Heloise d’Argenteuil and Pierre Abelard fought the constraints of life and beliefs in twelfth century Paris. They made mistakes, they suffered, yet they experienced incomprehensible joy. Their love burned brightly, of such magnitude it spawned a legend that ensured their love would never be extinguished. This retelling makes us see Abelard and Heloise's humanness, their lives, and the struggles that encompassed their love.
They were bound by the changing religious opinions of the day, by Heloise's uncle's plans for her, and by political manoeuvrings that reached into high places.
Jones has used snippets of Heloise's lost love letters to effect as chapter introductions.
The philosophical discourse between them, the scholarly aptitude of Heloise is well presented. The day to day agonies of Heloise as she seeks to fulfill her dreams, dreams that will not come to fruition, are painful. The very personal interaction between the couple grounds their story in the reality of their day to day lives, and in doing so, grounds their story for us in that same reality.
A transfixing read!

A NetGalley ARC


  1. Thank you for this review of my book! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Abelard and Heloise's tale is very near and dear to my heart. <3

  2. Thanks Sherry. I must admit that their story has always attracted me