title: The Last Cato
author: Matilde Asensi
genre: Fiction, mystery, religious themed
suggested by: Alison B.
dates read: Jan 11th-Jan 18th
review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
summary: Written in the perspective of Dr. Ottavia Salina, a nun and paleographer for the Vatican, the story recounts the adventures she and two others go on to find a mysterious group that is taking the pieces of the True Cross (the cross that Jesus supposedly died on). They discover that Dante’s Divine Comedy is their guide and contains clues for where they need to go to find the group. Along the way they are challenged physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
personal thoughts: Another winner, I really enjoyed this book. It was originally written in Spanish and this was her first English novel. I don’t read a lot of mysteries so it was fun to dive into something that was fiction but different from my normal genres. I had a difficult time with some of the foreign words but she did include footnotes to explain the meanings. It was beautifully written and I won’t say any more so that if you choose to read it you will still have some surprises. :)
“Maybe life wasn’t black and white, but a multicolor mosaic with infinite combinations. Wasn’t life full of ambiguities, interchangeable hues we tried to constrain in a ridiculous structure of norms and dogmas?” p. 258
“Everyone seemed happy to do hard, even unpleasant tasks. Maybe they weren’t so hard and unpleasant after all. Could it be that other very different reasons – social opinion, economic status – were what made them unpleasant?” p. 434