The Cleaner of Chartres

The Cleaner of Chartres

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Working as a cleaner in the cathedral of Chartres for more than twenty years, Agnès Morel profoundly transforms local lives by performing small tasks and using her subtle influence until an accidental encounter reveals tragic incidents from her youth.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670785674
0670785679
Branch Call Number: F Vic

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A beautiful tale, part love story part magical realism set in small town France. The enigmatic Agnes despite her simplicity, always seems to have a guardian angel ensuring she survives, from the day she was found in a basket in the woods to the day she finds love and the cathedral at Chartres. A charming story.

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bobsuncle
Mar 22, 2016

Gently funny, graceful, a believable plot, great characters, a quick trip to France. What's not to love?

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LDPBLM
Oct 14, 2015

I loved this book ! It is unusual , charming and shows good character development . The end is weaker than the beginning , but it was a pleasure to read

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TheresaAJ
Jun 11, 2015

This gentle read tells the story of Agnes Morel, a young woman who appeared in Chartres one day and has been cleaning for a living for nearly 20 years. After unintentionally angering the town's most malicious gossip, Agnes is forced to consider the reason she came to Chartres so long ago. While the novel flips between the past and the present, you finally learn the sad, and ultimately hopeful, history behind Agnes elusive façade.

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sasie
Feb 03, 2015

If you're looking for a page turner, this is not your book. This is a slowly unfolding deeply thoughtful story with beautiful character development. I really enjoyed it.

melwyk Dec 28, 2014

This is a slower-moving book that depends on characters being exposed bit by bit, through indirect means -- it's perfect for those who enjoy stories based on character, told in language that is also full of images, reflecting the fragmented nature of main character Agnes' past life.

I really enjoyed this book, as it slowed me down to follow the twists of the sentences and the story. But it also held lots of human behaviour that made this deceptively quiet; there are many incidents despite the slower pace. It's worth getting to know Agnes, and especially Chartres.

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VeeHP
Oct 02, 2013

I couldn't put this down - what a great heroine!

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kazareads
Feb 09, 2013

Loved this! Sally Vickers is a brilliant writer. We learn about Agnes, the cleaner of Chartres, mostly through the people she comes in contact with, many of whom care deeply about her. I fell in love with several of the characters. Some wonderful scenes especially with Dr Demain and Jean Dupere and Abbe Paul. Some one liners extremely quotable. Plot keeps you guessing a bit anxiously at times. And all comes out in the wash perfectly. Beautiful!

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