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Excellent reading for both students and adults! Get A Copy. Published December 10th by Neumann Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. What a wonderful coincidence that I read this book immediately after reading C.


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For C. Milosz was trying to analyse the reasons behind the unimaginable horror surrounding the two World Wars, and the Russian and French Revolutions in his essays. His analysis was that man from the time of Renaissance and Reformation believed only in the nature of man and in his faculty Reason. Man became the absolute deciding norm of moral values and What a wonderful coincidence that I read this book immediately after reading C. Man became the absolute deciding norm of moral values and he became the sole judge of his actions. In other words, the place that was due to Divine was taken over by man.

That initiated the horror. It was the time when the mob ran the show and conformity was obligatory. If anyone was not conforming to the New State he or she was executed mercilessly.

In such a situation the religious order was seen as a threat for it showed its allegiance to someone else God and not to any man made ideas. The religious institutions were seen as 'prisons of religion' and belief in God was mocked at. Using the opportunity the Church institutions were confiscated and religious orders were dissolved with state law. To enter a convent was a crime. Those who had made vows were charged under some fabricated law suit for which the only punishment was to face the Guillotine. Interestingly C. Milosz in one of his poems speaks of French Revolution as an act of "killing in the name of universal, beautiful ideas.

But the author has introduced a fictional character in the figure of novice Blanche and through that character explores the inner spirit and struggle that went through the characters before facing the final moment of execution. It is here the author shows her skill in analyzing deep into the psychological depths of the characters. The questions of sacrifice for the nation, sacrifice for the faith, pure sacrifice a sacrifice without any hope , and the mortal fear of death get special attention.

The ending of the novel can inspire as well as shatter you. In a simple sentence it is a story of simple, weak, mortal, fearful human being made strong by God. In analyzing the French Revolution she is in alliance with C. Or may be, it is the other way round. Milosz is in alliance with Von Le Fort. Both of them do not entirely believe in human nature as the foundation for moral values.

The Reason can not only be the final deciding principle. I end with two quotes that serve as author's commentaries on French Revolution: 1. As always I admire your cheerful and noble faith in the indestructible nobility of human nature even when mankind is tasting most desolate failure. View all 4 comments. Jun 09, Willa rated it liked it. This book read more like a dramatized meditation to me than like a full-fledged novel. I am not saying that as a criticism in the least. I read it, almost got absorbed into it, over the course of yesterday evening. It is quite short and to me, the second part was "unrealized" compared to the first part.

The story moved back from the personal intensity of the beginning -- the characters and spirituality of Marie de l'Incarnation and young Blanche la Force -- to a more wide-sweep scene of the whol This book read more like a dramatized meditation to me than like a full-fledged novel. The story moved back from the personal intensity of the beginning -- the characters and spirituality of Marie de l'Incarnation and young Blanche la Force -- to a more wide-sweep scene of the whole sorry situation of revolutionary France, eldest daughter of the Church, who was literally "drinking the blood of the aristocrats.

The Song At The Scaffold

The concept of young Blanche who as one sister nun said should have been called "La Faiblesse" instead of La Force taking upon herself the fear of the universe was a profound and interesting one. She in a sense "became" fear, by God's providence, as Jesus "became sin" for our sakes.

She was the embodiment of the trembling consciousness of that "rough beast, slouching towards Bethlehem to be born". She was the one who feared that the stairs would fall and that people would look at her with cruelty, and that the Infant King would lose his crown. And all of that did, indeed, come true. And yet, hers was the last song at the Scaffold.

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The book comments that when she sang, the Terror ended, though it took weeks more before it was over in reality. In that way the story reminds me of Flannery O'Connor's Artificial Nigger, though in other ways it is completely different, of course. The idea that one person, or a race, in some way suffers for the sins of the nation, is very Catholic. Of course, Caiaphas put this into words, "is it not right that one man should die for the many?

Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite, spoke of becoming a "victim of love" "I know well that it is not my great desires that please God in my little soul, what He likes to see is the way I love my littleness and my poverty; it is my blind hope in His mercy, this is my only treasure The weaker one is, without desires or virtues the more ready one is for the operations of this consuming and transforming love God rejoices more in what He can do in a soul humbly resigned to its poverty than in the creation of millions of suns and the vast stretch of the heavens. Jan 23, Stephen rated it really liked it.

Story of the horrors of the 'enlightenment" and age of 'reason'. Began with the guillotine and continues today in abortion clinics worldwide. Nice read with some interesting and all-to-human characters. View 1 comment. Vivian Dudro, writer and editor at Igantius Press, engages in a wonderful conversation about the work of German author Gertrude von le Forte who was a writer of novels, poems, and essays. A convert to Catholicism in , most of von le Forte work came after her conversion. In she won the Gottfried-Keller Prize, an esteemed Swiss literary award.

This book was the original inspiration for the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites written by Francis Poulenc, which premiered in The opera was based on a libretto with this same title written by Georges Bernanos. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Bl. John Paul II, as well the role of redemptive suffering in the life of the Christian. A dense novella crammed with ironies because told by an unreliable narrator who relates a ture story from history but the focus of that true story is the fictional representation of an unstable neurotic. The author criticizes both extremes of the French Revolution, the blindness of the aristocrats and the blood-frenzy of the rabble.

At the end the author invokes the reader's opinion to meditate on her ironies--whio is the true saint of the novella? It's the story of 16 nuns who were married to M A dense novella crammed with ironies because told by an unreliable narrator who relates a ture story from history but the focus of that true story is the fictional representation of an unstable neurotic. It's the story of 16 nuns who were married to Madame Guillotine at the height of the terror, 12 days before the fall of Robbespierre.

Days later the chemist Lavoisier, one of history's greatest scientists, was pointlessly executed. The theme of teh novella is the blindness of persecution. Feb 06, Dave rated it liked it.

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A concise retelling of the historical martyrdom of Carmelite nuns during the Reign of Terror, this focuses on the fearful Blanche de la Force, and the two sisters who try to guide her spiritual path. It is a lovely and sometimes moving glimpse into the encounter between the spiritual and violent political upheaval, but the author takes too much license and adds too much melodrama to an already wrought situation. This may the one case where the opera the superb Dialogues of the Carmelites is mo A concise retelling of the historical martyrdom of Carmelite nuns during the Reign of Terror, this focuses on the fearful Blanche de la Force, and the two sisters who try to guide her spiritual path.

This may the one case where the opera the superb Dialogues of the Carmelites is more detailed, more nuanced, and more dramatic. Dec 29, Orion rated it liked it. Olga Marx's translation does not hold up well to the passage of time making the book less accessible to the modern reader. A fine, but one-sided, portrayal of the nuns' story, their motivation, and faith. Interesting use of a fictional character, the nun Blanche, to contrast the fear an average person would feel in this situation with the conviction and courage of these historical martyrs. Jul 02, Holly rated it it was ok.

Attracted by the idea of a woman crippled by fear who learns to face the world with God. Stayed a bit too long in the emotional and not enough background. It is an interesting topic to mull over though.. I found the character hardly developed enough and probably would have made an excellent novel with about more pages! Oct 08, Jackie rated it it was amazing. The character of Blanche had a very intense relationship with fear and appears to suffer from some form of mental illness. Her fate takes an interesting path. The book explores human nature and is very well written.

Anyone with an interest in French history will enjoy this novel. Jul 15, Rebekah rated it liked it. I find the subject matter interesting, and the ironies of certain characters intriguing. However, I felt as though it only spoke of the injustices towards those it was about as if they were the only to suffer in that time. It was a light read and an interesting change of perspective. And yet, not something I'd passionately recommend. Aug 26, Elevetha rated it liked it Shelves: catholic , decent-enough , craptastic-review , , christian , historical-whatnot , for-school. I love the story behind this book, but the book itself fell a little flat.

Perhaps because it is told from a point-of-view that is pretty detached from everything that is going on and also because the characters do not hold much personality.

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Still, I am even more intrigued in the Carmelite nuns who were the last victims of the French Revolution. Apr 06, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: catholic-fiction. Overall, a very good, short book about the French Revolution. The author is very thoughtful and reflective - stimulating the reader to start thinking quite deeply. It shows how fear can be the greatest sort of courage. I know - it's a paradox. Yet, you will understand and most likely agree after this read. I had a hard time with this book. I didn't really like the way it was written as a narative. The story itself of the nuns who were martryed during the French Revolution was a story worth hearing.

I did not realize that there was so much religious persecution during the French Revolution. Nov 17, Eric rated it liked it. An interesting and very brief fictional account of a group of Carmelite nuns martyred during the French Revolution. An easy and cheap fabrication method for intricate polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic devices is presented. Consecutively, PDMS is poured on the master, and after curing, the rubber must be carefully peeled off from the master and subsequently chemically bonded to another surface after activation with oxygen plasma or using chemical solutions.

Notwithstanding the great potential, two main bottlenecks inhibit a more widespread use of PDMS devices. First, the PDMS fabrication method is considered too complex for many scientists without any experience in microfabrication. Although the use of sacrificial mold is a step forward in simplifying the fabrication of microfluidic devices, it still requires either harsh condition like the use of high temperatures for creating, 18 or removing, 19 a template, applying heavy swelling for pulling out the template, 20 , 21 or the use of complex mold fabrication such as using chitosan 22 or isomalt printed with an heavily modified 3D printer and backfilled with epoxy resin.

Recently, 3D printing has been used either to print masters for soft lithography mold, 24 or to directly print microfluidic devices. The limitation of 3D printing directly the microfluidic devices lies mainly in the material used and, so far only one example of 3D printed PDMS membrane is present in literature with the limitation of using PDMS mixed with colored photoresist, thus not pure PDMS and giving non transparent devices. Moreover, embedding other functionalities as described in this research, is extremely hard or even impossible using a 3D printer for directly printing a microfluidic chip.

With this method, any 3D channel structure, even extremely intricate ones, can be created in two easy steps, basically without knowledge of, or experience in, microfabrication or lithography. At those scales, roughness of few micrometers is non influential for the performance of the microfluidic chip, and this roughness is comparable to commercially available sandblasted glass microfluidic chips. Also in this extreme case, with the single channel inside the PDMS having a length of 35 cm and containing 1.

We incorporated stirring bars, electronic circuitry, heating elements, and radiofrequency RF components, illustrating the wide and versatile applicability of this method Figure 3 , and Video S3, Supporting Information. These can be simply inserted in the PDMS together with the microchannel scaffolds before curing it, then the acetone treatment removes only the scaffold leaving the electronics intact.

In this way we inserted a nm LED for the optical detection or electronic excitation of chemicals in the microfluidic channel Figure 3 a.

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Another problem usually associated with microfluidic chip is the difficulty of heating only part of the channel inside the chip. Taking advantage of PDMS its low thermal conductivity 0. After the curing step and dissolving the ABS scaffold, a voltage of 1. This simple and selective heating element embedded in the microfluidic chip can be of great value for designing chips to perform, e. NMR spectroscopy is arguably one of the most powerful analytical tools available to the scientific community.

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Approaches to solve sensitivity issues comprise most expensive and technologically demanding solutions as using extreme magnetic field strengths and complex NMR probe techniques. This microfluidic device was integrated on a cylindrical aluminum probe insert and placed inside a 9. This amount is in the order of the lower mM concentrations measurable in conventional NMR probes; further optimization of the probe coil is currently ongoing to allow for an increased concentration as well as mass sensitivity.


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In addition, we calculated that the material costs for fabricating this device is less than two euro. After curing the PDMS and removing the ABS polymer with acetone, the resulting microfluidic channel was right on top of the color sensor. Hooking up the Arduino to a computer revealed all the components of the microcontroller and the sensor to be working properly.

Thus, even complex electronics can be easily embedded in PDMS microfluidic devices reducing the amounts of external components needed for using, screening and analyzing experiments in microfluidics devices. Moreover additional elements like heating coils, RF circuitry or electronic components can be embedded directly, opening up new windows for the various fields of microfluidics and PDMS devices.

Creating multilevel 3D microfluidic devices can be of benefit in many different fields, for example in fabricating complex vascular systems for organ on chips, or in handling spherical droplets in tubular channels of different sizes or in mixing liquids. Because of the multidisciplinary fields of applications we can envision, the simplicity of this method, coined ESCARGOT, is of great value for all scientists willing to work with microfluidic devices, regardless of their background.

The PDMS was consecutively left for 12 h in acetone, after which the microchannels were cleaned with acetone and dried with a flow of compressed air. NMR spectroscopy was performed on an Oxford Instruments 9. As a service to our authors and readers, this journal provides supporting information supplied by the authors. Technical support issues arising from supporting information other than missing files should be addressed to the authors. Please note: The publisher is not responsible for the content or functionality of any supporting information supplied by the authors. Any queries other than missing content should be directed to the corresponding author for the article.

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