This work is a very good representation of monasticism in Russia and Orthodoxy. It is about a man who serves a monastery in the wake of a traumatic event in WWII. The character highlights the role of a fool for Christ in the Russian tradition. It is funny at points, often captivating and thoughtful. Is probably the best and most current example of Orthodox spirituality in a theme that has not to my knowledge been treated on very much. It stands as a standard for others to follow.