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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561012858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561012855
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Paul Kramer is professor emeritus of comparative religious studies at San Jose State University.

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HASH(0x8b3908b8) out of 5 stars An excellent guide to Four Quartets 18 Oct. 2007
By Big Red - Published on Amazon.com
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T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets is one of the most difficult and obscure poems ever written. Kenneth Paul Kramer's Redeeming Time is an excellent guide to understanding the poem's hidden meanings. The author has devoted more than thirty-five years to Eliot's masterpiece: he wrote his Ph D. thesis on Four Quartets, made numerous research trips to all four locations of the titles to each poem, taught courses on it at university, and continued his study of the poems while writing numerous books. Redeeming Time is well-written,clearly organized, and includes one hundred pages of Notes in the back of the book, plus a bibliography of the works cited and an index. This is truly a scholarly work. Best of all, Kramer's analysis unlocks many of the difficulties for the reader. I found this book to be the most helpful and useful analysis on Four Quartets written thus far.I highly recommend it.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b390b04) out of 5 stars Read This Book- Now! 8 Dec. 2007
By Peter Baughan - Published on Amazon.com
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Four Quartets captured me in its spell when I first encountered it in November '05. I have been trying to understand it, and its magnetic pull, ever since. Redeeming Time is brilliant in lifting the veil on Four Quartets and revealing the timeless truths so evoked there- and so hidden 'here'. If you are even vaguely interested in the contemplative / mystical life, or in touching 'sacramental existence' in the ordinary, feed your soul here- in Kramer's enabling strucutre- and let Four Quartets flow with even more power. Kenneth Kramer: what a gift. Thanks!
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HASH(0x8b390d44) out of 5 stars Good; not best. 10 Aug. 2015
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
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However rich and suggestive, the Quartets are obscure and maddeningly paradoxical [contradictory]. For me, the Kramer volume is heroic, painstaking exegesis, and quite informative. But in some sense, he just deepens the fog. Stick with Helen Gardner, Russell Kirk, or Lyndall Gordon for first books. Two key terms in Eliot, and in Kramer’s discussion are NEVER DEFINED: “timeless” and “meaning.” The former has to mean something like omnitemporal or eternal, or else is obscurantist nonsense. The stress on ineffability and via negativa is so strong in Kramer that “meaning” seems to be reduced to emotive satisfaction—a "dark night” [John of the Cross] of uncritical fog. Kramer had written a book on Buber, and he over-Buberizes Eliot. Everywhere we have Buber and “dialog,” “mutuality,” “reciprocity.” Not nearly so prominent in Eliot.

He sees Eliot primarily through the lens of John of the Cross and monastic retreat from the world. Partly justified by Eliot’s biography perhaps. Kramer’s discussion of Eliot’s use of the Gita’s “renounce fruits of action,” and Theravada Buddhist “desirelessness” seems to add up to a Gnostic denigration of the self and the material world. Proper self-love [vs. inordinate self-love] and proper care for constructive fruit of action in this world barely peep through. One is almost convinced that Eliot was a neurotic Gnostic, until his second marriage, and his last work, The Elder Statesman [dedicated to his new wife]. I remember Eliot reading his poems at S. M. U. in the late ‘50s. His new wife was with him, and they seemed to radiate serenity and quiet joy. Perhaps her accepting love mediated the grace to transcend his sense of guilt and despair.
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HASH(0x8b390ee8) out of 5 stars Very good analysis! 20 Nov. 2014
By Galla Dali - Published on Amazon.com
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The author knows his topic inside and out. The argument is cogent and readable. Nice charts are very useful. The author provides much appreciated schematics and makes this difficult poem understandable and easy to convey to students.
HASH(0x8b390dbc) out of 5 stars Enspiritualised intellectual meditations. 12 Jan. 2016
By Charles W Spurgeon - Published on Amazon.com
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No other study of "Four Quartets" has enriched and challenged my critical appreciation as "Redeeming Time" does. Thanks for brilliant communications with Eliot's intellectual spirit.
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