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Run to the Mountain: 1939-41 - Run to the Mountain v. 1 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) Paperback – 3 Feb 2016
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"A rich introduction to [Merton's] vivid imagination."-- "Boston Globe""The trick is always to find the spiritual deeply embedded in this world, and to discover our own eternal dimensions in the midst of our foibles, failures, and sometimes neurotic idiosyncrasies. We have no better guide in these things than Merton, and you couldn't ask for a more lively writer."-- Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul""When all the journals are published, it is likely that they will take their place with the famous journals of Henry David Thoreau, G.M. Hopkins, Edmund Wilson, and prhaps be seen as an American version of St. Augustine's 'Confessions.'"-- "Catholic News Service"
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Reading it definitely gives me the mostly unvarnished Merton I sought. I say "mostly" because he sometimes edited himself, tearing out pages after he wrote them. It was fascinating to observe him in his formative 20s. His brash reviews of the art he saw at the World's Fair in Queens and the books he'd read showed a brilliant mind at work, often with a youthful impatience. But the youthful Merton could also be tedious and melodramatic, especially toward the end of this journal which stops right before he enters the Trappist monastery Gethsemane.
I won't blame Merton for this--in fact it endears him to me more because he proves to be no different than other brash, confused young men. I loved his account of his travel to Cuba, of the saints he becomes enamored with, and his struggle to figure out how exactly he's meant to serve God. His drawings were pretty funny too! This volume is a great beginning and makes me look forward to reading the remaining 6.