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I liked the style of the writer, but the story didn t catch me The book had been lying down too long on my table without me wanting to read further I just put it away before I was half way. I tried150 pages on I finally gave up. massively disappointed. Oh, you Catholics This starts wellbut sags a bit in the middlewith its convoluted psycho sexual shenanigans in Paris a curious mix of serious subject matter with some satirical undertones ribald observations on contemporary continental sall translated from sparkling Italian into often painfully inadequate American English asspantsneighborhoodetc by one Stephen Twilleywhich detracts from its European setting in Rome Paris In short, an honourable failure of a comic novel Ada s won This starts wellbut sags a bit in the middlewith its convoluted psycho sexual shenanigans in Paris a curious mix of serious subject matter with some satirical undertones ribald observations on contemporary continental sall translated from sparkling Italian into often painfully inadequate American English asspantsneighborhoodetc by one Stephen Twilleywhich detracts from its European setting in Rome Paris In short, an honourable failure of a comic novel Ada s wonderful Tits..Jewish Americansa mammone narratorgraphic detailing of assorted female genitalia which intrigued me with its cynicism about religious sensitivitiesbut had few moments of real profundity.Pretentious ambitious, yesbut worth the effort to keep turning the 300 odd pages Thirty year old Piero Rosini wants to live a life of purity, wholly dedicated to God with a dream of become a modern day saint Living in a sexless marriage, Piero spends his days working in a conservative Catholic publishing house Although this publishing house was not conservative enough they plan to publish a book that makes the claim that Pope John Paul II was secretly Jewish He plans to leave and start an ultraconservative publishing house, where he can havecontrol over the content Thirty year old Piero Rosini wants to live a life of purity, wholly dedicated to God with a dream of become a modern day saint Living in a sexless marriage, Piero spends his days working in a conservative Catholic publishing house Although this publishing house was not conservative enough they plan to publish a book that makes the claim that Pope John Paul II was secretly Jewish He plans to leave and start an ultraconservative publishing house, where he can havecontrol over the content being released The Story of My Purity is a novel that explores religion in relationship to faith, freedom and purity.Living life with the idea of becoming a modern day saint, trying to do everything right and be perfect really sets up the satirical nature of this novel Saint Augustine of Hippo s autobiographical book Confessions comes to mind when I think about the difference between Saints and people who try to live a sinless life I found that this novel really dealt with the idea of spirituality and religion in an interesting way There is an exploration with the idea of freedom and faith when it comes to organised religion in this case the Catholic Church.A little understanding of theology really helps understand The Story of My Purity and the humour behind it Firstly, when it comes to the seven deadly sins it is alright to feel envy, greed and so on The Church s teaching on the seven deadly sins, is that these are gateways that can lead to trouble, so we should be aware of these feelings and learn to understand them Although, there have been a lot of misconceptions around the deadly sins, that have led to the concept of Catholic guilt.For Piero Rosini, he never learned to manage his lust, he went to a priest for help and was told not to think about women Piero really took this advice on board to the point that he was unable to get an erection to consummate his one marriage His sexless marriage was a result of him constantly trying to not think about sex, or feel a sexual attraction to his own wife Although it proves impossible to not have sexual thoughts, and Piero s life of purity began to unravel with the help of an attraction to his sister in law and spam emails.The satirical nature of this novel comes from the fact people do not understand what the Church says about sex Pope John Paul II did 129 lectures on the Theology of the Body, going through the Churches views on sex and sexuality These lectures are about understanding your body, your desires and attraction The theology should never feel restrictive by religion, rather we should be free and it should correct people s misassumptions on the Churches teaching Although the author may not have written this as a satire and this was actually his thoughts on Catholicism.Unfortunately The Story of My Purity was not a great book, I loved viewing the book as a satire and exploring the theology behind it However it did take a direction that I did not enjoy and ended up falling on its face I am fascinated by theology and I feel like this could have been a great novel The predictability of the book was just too much of a stumbling block for me I am curious on Francesco Pacifico thoughts on Catholicism I viewed the book as satire and would hate to think of it as anything else I have also done a video review on this novel, if you are curious although I think I talk about all the same ideas.This review original appeared on my blog I loved the premise of the book a young ultraconservative Catholic editor, working on a book that proves that John Paul was secretly Jewish, obsessed equally by preserving his own purity, and by the amazing breasts of his militantly virginal sister in law And the first half was pretty funny, full of riffs on things like how sinful is the proximate occasion of sin, but when Piero moves to Paris and starts hanging out with Jews and hippies and Jewish hippies and obsessing evenabout maint I loved the premise of the book a young ultraconservative Catholic editor, working on a book that proves that John Paul was secretly Jewish, obsessed equally by preserving his own purity, and by the amazing breasts of his militantly virginal sister in law And the first half was pretty funny, full of riffs on things like how sinful is the proximate occasion of sin, but when Piero moves to Paris and starts hanging out with Jews and hippies and Jewish hippies and obsessing evenabout maintaining his purity, the book starts running out of gas Didn t finish it *FREE E-PUB ☟ The Story of My Purity: A Novel ↡ An exuberant tale of a man caught between faith and freedom, from one of Italy s most talented young novelistsThirty years old, growing flabby in a sexless marriage, Piero Rosini has decided to dedicate his life to Jesus Novels and music were filling his head with bullshit his bourgeois life in a fancy neighborhood had taken him far away from spiritual purity and the Lord s truth So he s moved to an unfinished housing development on the outskirts of Rome and thrown himself into his work at an ultraconservative Catholic publishing house, editing books that highlight the decadence and degradation of modern society, including a book claiming that Pope John Paul II was secretly Jewish But Piero is suffocating He worries that The Jewish Pope might be taking things too far He can t get his beautiful sister in law out of his head Temptations both physical and intellectual are breaking down his religious resolve He decides to flee to Paris, which turns out not to be the best way of guarding his purity With a charismatic narrator who is as familiar with the finer points of theology as he is with the floor layout of IKEA and the workings of budget airlines, Francesco Pacifico s exuberant novel brings us Europe old and new and the inner workings of a conflicted but always compelling mind The Story of My Purity is fiction with great humor, intelligence, and vision, from a young writer at the beginning of a tremendous career Het verhaal van een jonge celibataire Romein die op een keerpunt in z n leven komt te staan De achterflap was veelbelovend, helaas kan de roman zelf het net niet waarmaken Het boek weet de sfeer van een moderne grootstad goed te vatten Rome en Parijs en schetst ook een paar goeie karakters, maar ik bleef altijd op m n honger zitten Het schrijven van Pacifico gaat niet diep genoeg, blijft redelijk braaf en op de vlakte Te weinig inhoud voor een verhaal dat overigens leest als een trein Het verhaal van een jonge celibataire Romein die op een keerpunt in z n leven komt te staan De achterflap was veelbelovend, helaas kan de roman zelf het net niet waarmaken Het boek weet de sfeer van een moderne grootstad goed te vatten Rome en Parijs en schetst ook een paar goeie karakters, maar ik bleef altijd op m n honger zitten Het schrijven van Pacifico gaat niet diep genoeg, blijft redelijk braaf en op de vlakte Te weinig inhoud voor een verhaal dat overigens leest als een trein Zeer benieuwd naar z n volgende I enjoy having read this book although I didn t much enjoy reading it I am not so clear on the author s point in the structure of this novel The main narrator s contradictory impulses were interesting for a while The translation was good but I blame it for some awkward and just not very intelligible phrases.I thought I was going to be reading all about a Roman setting and then was amused that half the book takes place in Paris.