This tale of romantic obsession chronicles two relationships that take place in disparate worlds, separated by 500 years. The story of failed saint Margery Kempe's physical passion for Jesus mirrors the tale of the narrator's adoration of a young man....
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Margery Kempe Reviews
I found this in a used bookstore last week, and I was unfamiliar with Robert Gluck but intrigued by the story of Margery Kempe, whose autobiography was required reading in one of my college history courses. This book's premise sounded interesting--Margery Kempe's obsessive relationship with Jesus paired with Gluck's obsessive relationship, five centuries later, with a man he refers to as "L."--but I didn't expect to respond quite so strongly to it, or to come away so struck by Gluck's words. The ecstatic moments are transcendent yet always undercut by the trauma of rejection, abandonment, and abasement, and it's all conveyed in really precise, unforgiving language. It's a very powerful and startling work. (Plus, I don't think it's necessary to have more than a passing acquaintance with Margery K. in order to be moved by it.)
Retelling of Margery Kempe intertwined with gay love. I had really high hopes for this book because it combined two things I adore. But Oh man...not only was Margery Kempe's "affair" with Jesus portrayed in just sex -- no spiritual element to it, all of the women in the book were depicted as just objects for horny men (with description of genitalia or sexual fantasy). Yes, Margery might have been a pain to get along with in her time, but she deserves a bit more respect. And besides, Carolyn Walker Bynum deals with this. If we look at women's bodily response to God as simply sex without suffering and salvation as ample share, then sex is what we're interested in, not Margery Kempe.Then again, Robert's affair with L was touching -- nice counterpart to Margery (although there was no build to the characters, so it was kind of flat). And granted, this book made me think and long for things -- so it did its job to mess me up. That it did. So one more star for that.
This is my favorite Gluck book, because it does so much not only with queer theory but medieval somatics, so it's basically like a stuffed crust pizza for my academic interests. His reading of Kempe is astonishing, earthy and numinous at once, I just love it so much. When Foucault waxes cuckoo over Gluck, I hope its this book he's talking about.
2005...Read for school. I had to read this book for one of my classes after reading ""The Book of Margery Kempe"". How do I best describe this? Well, the author tells the story of Margery and Jesus' love affair, while at the same time, telling the story of modern gay lovers. Besides the graphic sex, I felt like the modern love story was a bit undeveloped. Definitely an odd book.
Bizarro stuff, but very interesting read.
this book changed the way i read and write.