Gerson Caine Dominguez Caine Dominguez itibaren Daspur, Odisha 766029, Hindistan
Viva la Monja Alférez! This is the story of Catalina de Erauso, a 16th-17th Century "transvestite nun." It's her short autobiography -- first a nun in the Basque region of Spain in the late 1500s, she donned men's clothing and escaped. She passed as male in Spain, working here and there, and then left for colonial travels to South America (Peru mostly, and Chile). There she soldiered, dueled, killed, and adventured. She eventually confessed her transgressions and became legendary. Although the prose is not that interesting (and not at all lurid), the story is fascinating.
this book was highly readable and clever... perhaps too clever at points and certainly dragged a bit in the middle, but the conclusion of the book was exciting and unexpected. pessl creates fantastic metaphors from high and low culture that were fun the whole way through.