Kate obriens novel the land of spices does not offer much in way of a summary published in 1941 the novel is set in an irish convent of a french order and run by an english nun but outside of the upsurge of irish nationalism and some politics in the order nations play a small role. The land of spices refers to the inner landscape associated with contemplative prayer and reflection its an apt description for much of what this book is about since it revolves around whats going on inside the minds of its two central characters . The land of spices by kate obrien 1897 1974 does not fit easily into either category it was first published in 1940 by an irish writer who did enjoy a certain literary prestige in her time but who is far from a house name today. The land of spices tells the story of sister marie hlne the reverend mother of a french order located in ireland and a young irish girl anna murphy when the book opens little anna who is only six years old has just joined the convent which is also a boarding school for rich girls. The land of spices helps us remember this sensitive keen and strongly woven novel is about helen the mother superior of a convent school in mellick limerick she is inspired by her young student anna to resolve old painful memories of her homosexual father
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