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The Moon Under her Feet: Clysta Kinstler
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on The Moon Under her Feet: Clysta Kinstler
The Moon Under her Feet: Clysta Kinstler

An alternative imagining of Mary Magdalene as Priestess of the pagan Temple of Ashera, that weaves together a rich semi-historical tapestry and retells the times of Jesus as never before (although I haven’t read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, to which this story must owe something). The author teaches (or has taught) philosophy, religion and women’s studies at American River College in Sacramento, California, and whilst the story gains much credibility by her obvious knowledge of those subjects and of other esoteric texts, I felt at times that it was weighed down by them and could have been made a more enjoyable read with extra editing. At times I found the cast of multitudes difficult to keep track of, and the pace too slow for my liking. I couldn’t help sensing the author’s desire to teach throughout, and although I love to learn, at times it became a little too much. The end notes were useful to refer to in the course of reading, and the bibliography enlightening in itself.

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