Robert Giroux gave his friend at Gethsemani astute editorial advice when he rejected the original beginning of The Seven Storey Mountain as too abstract and . 11 Jul (This review of Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain ran in the October 16, issue of America). Twentieth-century Augustine. A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition.

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Second only to the Carthusians who are basically hermits. Sheen who compared this to St. Merton simply substitutes a faith in a higher power for the emptiness that encompasses his life, and with this transformation he is free to continue his self-indulgences with a sense of righteousness that is reinforced by the Catholic Church.

When a colleague ends her career amid scandal, it’s not just sympathy pains, it’s real pain. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Not unlike each of us, in our own way, trying to develop a philosophy that will provide us the seeds of meaning to the infinite number of events that will assail us between now and the end of our days.

If you thomws not into Catholicism I’m not a Catholic but it didn’t bother me it could also be off-putting. There were days when I could only read a paragraph or two. Then in the second part, after Merton was baptized He also had quite an mountai reputation.

He admired the book so much, he edited the autobiography for a British audience and published it as Elected Silence. My atheism is peaceful. He did not, at least as he tells it, end up on drugs or with a million women.

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Amy My thoughts exactly. The censors were not primarily concerned with Merton’s prose style, but rather the content mountaih his thoughts in the autobiography. His parents were artists an English father and his mother was an American Quakerwho travelled extensively between America and France, between the Mounatin and Second World Wars and Merton as a child seemed to be continually on the move.


Donald Great book, but how could Merton possibly recall in such detail what he experienced as a mere child? This will not be my last Merton book. Hhomas May, copies were in print and, according to Time magazine, it was among the best-selling non-fiction books in the country for the year Though he was young and had so much going for him in a manner realtional to the world, it could not soothe the cut of his injured relationship to the outer world in which he occupied.

God was ground to dust throughout this decade in the millstone of my brain. It is very quiet.

How could my time spent along in reading, writing, thinking, prayer, help anyone else? Many converted to Catholicism in mid-twentieth century.

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Are we stogy to the idea of serving a purpose here on earth? No matter how much making the sign of the cross merfon saying a prayer invigorates some childhood sense of comfort, such things have fuck all to do with truth. This autobiography is my favorite to date. I don’t know if I ever got very close to needing a padded cell: He was an ordinarily intelligent young man who realized that his life was a meaningless exercise in temporal existence without God.

The first part of this book was painfully slow at times, yet interesting. And in that day you shall being to possess the solitude you have so long desired.

The first part of his life had its highlight with the death of Merton’s father from brain tumor. First, I am irritated by the way that he seems to treat emrton Catholic doctrines as clear and obvious, thus needing no explanation. This edition of the book intimidated me at first, because neither of the prefaces exactly warmed me to the subject matter.


Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. Harcourt, Brace and Thomxs. The Sign of Jonas. Before reading this book,during the 20 or so years it awaited on my tbr list,I was familiar mostly with his poetry,some of which I liked a lot. His Life from His Journals and The Seven Mountains of Tsory Merton because these two works not only told the rest of the story which he was not allowed to include in his autobiography, but sevfn also continued past the time when this book ended.

In the s, Gethsemani Abbey and the other Trappist monasteries experienced a surge in young men presenting themselves for the cenobitic life. I’ve known so many fans of his work and had so many opportunities to get to know him.

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Merton was a writer and poet. Later in his life he may have had second thoughts, but Mountain is full of youthful honesty and enthusiasm for a life beyond what can be touched or measured. Especially with Merton one sees both the sins and the sanctity. Merton’s descriptions of his prayer experiences inspired a jealousy in me.

The Seven Storey Mountain

When the book was first published, it became a bestseller. I particularly recommend it to those who are just over the moon with Roman Catholicism. Reading Merton’s autobiography almost tempts me to become a Catholic. I think about what would be different.