Louise Penny writes a mystery series about a detective in a mythical village in Quebec called Three Pines. I love these books especially for the author’s keen insight into human nature and her prose which flows like poetry. A favorite from the series is The Beautiful Mystery, about a murder in a monastery set deep into the wilds of Canada. Although hidden away, the monks are renowned for their near perfect expression of Gregorian chant. The abbot says, “Each of us individual notes. On our own, nothing. But together? Divine. We don’t just sing, we are the song.” The narrator says, “Gamache wondered if an equally important part of a chant wasn’t just the notes, but the space between them. The silence…They had such a profound effect on those who sang and heard them that the ancient chants became known as “The Beautiful Mystery.”
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Such a beautiful thought. Is the monastery based on a real one?
I’m so glad the poem spoke to you, David. The idea of this monastery is based on an extinct order, The Gilbertines, but Louise stayed overnight in a real Benedictine monastery in Quebec while researching her novel.
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Ah okay, thank you, I haven’t heard of that order before. I’d really love to spend some time in a Benedictine monastery or any order for that matter!