A Time to Keep Silence, Paperback
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From the French Abbey of St Wandrille to the abandoned and awesome Rock Monasteries of Cappadocia in Turkey, the celebrated travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor studies the rigorous contemplative lives of the monks and the timeless beauty of their monastic surroundings.

In his occasional retreats, the peaceful solitude and the calm enchantment of the monasteries was passed on as a kind of 'supernatural windfall' which A Time to Keep Silence so effortlessly records.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Christian communities & monasticism
  • ISBN: 9780719555275



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This is a truly beautiful book. I was saddened when I reached the end, as I could easily have read many more pages. This volume has a different feel to some of Patrick Leigh Fermor's other books, but you would tend to expect that, given the subject matter.I was impressed by his respect for the people that he was staying amongst, and his description of the history of these places and people left me with a feeling of sadness for a way of life that has largely diminished.If you haven't read this book, I would recommend it, though if you are coming to this author for the first time, I would suggest "A time of gifts" as a better introduction.Whatever you do, please do read Fermor. My life is richer for his writing, and I hope that yours will be too.

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