At a glance:
- Author: Eduardo Barrios
- First Published: 1922
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Setting: A rural town in Chile
- Characters: Fray Rufino, Fray Lázaro, María Mercedes, Gracia
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Fantasy, Novel
- Subjects: Twentieth century, Autobiography, Rape, Faith, Mysticism, South America or South Americans, Monasteries, monks, or monasticism, Priests
- Locales: South America, Chile
Fray Lázaro is celebrating his seventh anniversary as a Franciscan friar. His major concern, that he never had a true call to the priesthood, leads him to write a diary. The diary focuses on his life and on the life of Fray Rufino, a friar who has earned the reputation of a saint.
Both men are under considerable stress because of life at the monastery. Fray Rufino trains cats and mice to eat from the same plate. The monks celebrate this event as a miracle. It soon becomes a curse, however, as the cats stop hunting mice, and rodents invade the monastery. As...
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