A Time to Keep Silence
More than a history or travel journal, however, this beautiful short book is a meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude for modern life. Leigh Fermor writes, "In the seclusion of a cell--an existence whose quietness is only varied by the silent meals, the solemnity of ritual, and long solitary walks in the woods--the troubled waters of the mind grow still and clear, and much that is hidden away and all that clouds it floats to the surface and can be skimmed away; and after a time one reaches a state of peace that is unthought of in the ordinary world."
- Paperback | 96 pages
- 127 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
- 30 Oct 2007
- NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
- Illustrations, unspecified
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"For the past three centuries, British writers have gone on trips to remote areas or exotic places and lived to tell the tale...Patrick Leigh Fermor, 92, has carried this great British tradition into our own time." --"The Wall Street Journal"
"Fermor writes logbooks of discovery, keenly meandering through architecture, music, art, history and the minutiae of everyday life...[His] erudition and courage are matched by his discerning compassion, which shapes the probing character sketches that populate his books, including "A Time to Keep Silence, "which has been reissued by New York Review Books."" --Los Angeles Times"
"["A Time to Keep Silence"] is his shortest book (and to my mind his best)." -Anthony Lane, "The New Yorker"
"A gem of a short book." -"Los Angeles Times"
"Delightful...His book is not only an admirable piece of travel writing; it is also a brilliant piece of human exploration." -"New Statesman" (UK)
"Prose lapidary and evocative enough to please even the hardiest skeptic." -"The Washington Post"
"Introspection, history, reportage have their balanced places in a well-written book...measured and lucent." --"The Sunday Times" (UK)
"A most successful attempt to portray the reactions of the man of the world (in the literal sense) when confronted with the monastic life." -"Daily Telegraph" (UK)
"A pleasure and an instruction to read." --"Irish Times"
"There is only one complaint I can think of making abou
About Patrick Leigh Fermor
Karen Armstrong, a historian of religion, spent seven years in a Roman Catholic religious order; she has written about this experience in Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase. She is also the author of many books, including A History of God, The Great Transformation, and, most recently, The Bible: A Biography.