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A Search for Solitude: 1952-60 - Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life v. 3 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) Paperback – 2 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060654791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060654795
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The third volume of Thomas Merton's journals finds him in a monastery, questioning the true nature and purpose of being a monk and exploring Zen, existentialism, Marxism and Latin American culture.

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The third volume of Thomas Merton's journals chronicles Merton's attempts to reconcile his desire for solitude and contemplation with the demands of his new-found celebrity status within the strictures of conventional monastic life.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was the author of many books, including 'New Seeds of Comtemplation, Life and Holiness, The Sign of Jonas, Mystics and Zen Masters,' and the bestselling and critically acclaimed autobiography of his early life, 'The Seven Storey Mountain'.

Lawrence S. Cunningham is chair of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame. He is the editor of 'Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master' and the author of many popular books on theology and spirituality.

"Few readers who encounter this remarkable book will come away unchanged."

"A rich introduction to [Merton's] vivid imagination."

"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 MORE, author of 'Care of the Soul'

"Delightful… brilliant, social, political, and personal commentaries."

"When all the journals are published, it is likely that they will take a place with the famous journals of Henry David Thoreau, G. M. Hopkins, Edmund Wilson, and perhaps be seen as an American version of St. Augustine's 'Confessions."'

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