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Length: 324 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"A timely and alluring exploration of the pleasures and powers of silence." -- Tim Parks


"As Maitland seeks to both lose and find herself in silence, she articulates a remarkably graceful and penetrating response to that mysterious and essential force." --"Booklist" (starred review)

"A timely and alluring exploration of the pleasures and powers of silence." --Tim Parks, author of "A Season with Verona"



"As Maitland seeks to both lose and find herself in silence, she articulates a remarkably graceful and penetrating response to that mysterious and essential force." --Booklist (starred review)

"A timely and alluring exploration of the pleasures and powers of silence." --Tim Parks, author of A Season with Verona

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In her late forties, after a noisy upbringing as one of six children and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland found herself living alone in the country and, to her surprise, falling in love with silence. In this fascinating, intelligent, and beautifully written book, Maitland describes how she set out to explore this new love, spending periods of silence in the Sinai desert, the Scottish hills, and a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye.

Maitland delves deep into the rich cultural history of silence, exploring its significance in fairy tale and myth, its importance to the Western and Eastern religious traditions, and its use in psychoanalysis and artistic expression.

Her story culminates in her building a hermitage on an isolated moor in Galloway, and as she guides readers through experiences of silence in this new home, she evokes a sense of peace that includes the reader in its intimate tranquility.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MAJU92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of silence
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4.0 out of 5 stars A travelogue along the path of silence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Exploration
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3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting account of Sara Maitland's attempt to find silence ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars a well researched exploration of silence
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2013
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Sarah B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence - an essential for 21st century living
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent insights
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book about silence?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Worth Reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2014
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