Book Reviews: Enticing Tale of Religion Love and Longing; the Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrick. Flamingo. Pounds 6.99

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Book Reviews: Enticing Tale of Religion Love and Longing; the Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrick. Flamingo. Pounds 6.99


Byline: Carol Evans

FATHER Damien Modeste believes he is dying. He is weak and frail and feels every day of the 100 of so years he has walked the earth.

But Fr Damien has lived most of his adult life with the burden of a shocking secret and he feels the time has come to confess.

Having written reports of his work during his time at the Indian reservation, where he spent the last 84 years, and sending them to the presiding and ever-changing popes of the time, he felt it appropriate to write a last letter to the Pope, documenting not only the ''series of unusual events'' at the reservation, but also how he, Fr Damien, came to be there - thus his confession.

Eighty years prior to this, around 1910, Sister Cecilia (the patron saint of music), previously Agnes deWitt, lives, eats and breathes music - especially the piano for which she develops a ''human love''. So passionate is she about it that she unknowingly has her first sexual experience while playing Chopin whose ''spirit becomes her lover''.

But the other nuns in the convent also experience ''disturbing emotions'' and she is forced to stop playing and eventually has to leave her safe haven. …

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