A Time to Keep Silence

Author(s): Patrick Leigh Fermor; M. Le Cure Bretocq (Photographer); Joan Eyres Mon (Photographer)

Travel

While still a teenager, Patrick Leigh Fermor made his way across Europe, as recounted in his classic memoirs, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. During World War II, he fought with local partisans against the Nazi occupiers of Crete. But in A Time to Keep Silence, Leigh Fermor writes about a more inward journey, describing his several sojourns in some of Europe's oldest and most venerable monasteries. He stays at the Abbey of St. Wandrille, a great repository of art and learning; at Solesmes, famous for its revival of Gregorian chant; and at the deeply ascetic Trappist monastery of La Grande Trappe, where monks take a vow of silence. Finally, he visits the rock monasteries of Cappadocia, hewn from the stony spires of a moonlike landscape, where he seeks some trace of the life of the earliest Christian anchorites. 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."


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780140119602
  • : Penguin Canada
  • : Penguin Canada
  • : 0.226796
  • : December 1988
  • : 1 Inches X 7 Inches X 5 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patrick Leigh Fermor; M. Le Cure Bretocq (Photographer); Joan Eyres Mon (Photographer)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : good
  • : 96