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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. After a noisy upbringing as one of six children, and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland began to crave silence.

Over the past five years, she has spent periods of silence in the Sinai Desert and the Australian bush and on the Isle of Skye. She interweaves these experiences with the history of silence told through fairy tale and myth, Western and Eastern religious traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, up to the ambivalence towards silence in contemporary society.

Maitland has built a hermitage on an isolated Scottish moor, and the book culminates powerfully with her experiences of silence in this new home. Read more Read less. Previous page. Print length. Publication date. See all details. Next page. The Learning Store. Shop books, stationery, devices and other learning essentials. Click here to access the store. Special offers and product promotions Amazon Business : For business-exclusive pricing, quantity discounts and downloadable VAT invoices.

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Thich Nhat Hanh. Solitude Flamingo Flamingo S. Anthony Storr. See all free Kindle reading apps. Don't have a Kindle? Review 'A Book of Silence grapples with ideas at the very heart of what it is to be human, and Sara Maitland is a joyous champion of the countercultural notion that silence is more than simply an absence of noise' -The Times 'Maitland's experience has been rich and thorough, and deeply enviable. Her book is probably unique in its subject, and timely, because good, healing silence is becoming hard to find, and we may not know we need it' - Guardian 'It is both an analytical, theoretical fascination and a personal one, her reading and her experience locked together, each testing and illuminating the other' - Economist 'Her dedication to the cause is both inspiring and shocking - There are many beautiful meditative passages in her meditation on silence - [A] wonderful salutary book' - Sunday Telegraph Seven.

Sara Maitland is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughters of Jerusalem , and several non-fiction books about religion. Born in , she studied at Oxford University and currently tutors on the MA in creative writing for Lancaster University.

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In seeking out silence by changing her lifestyle, Sara Maitland travels to a remote house on the Isle of Skye, into the Sinai desert and finally finishes up on a moor in Galloway. At the same time she contemplates the inner silence found by poets and by religious seekers, and mystics of the past, in order to compare it with her own experience.

As you might expect, this is a quietly written book, with attention to small details. By reading it, you are encouraged to notice the silences in yourself and pay attention to them. It is for this reason I heartily recommend it. Expected more but I thought the isolation here would be interesting but she keeps her mod-cons going - phone and internet, I think it's a few years since I read this - I'm catching up with some reviews!

For me that means you have 'communication means' beyond writing letters and are not really isolated. It's not off grid. Maitland's family history and 'noise' is interesting, as is her take on hearing voices. But otherwise I was a bit disappointed.

Sara weaves together her own journey with thoughts and quotes from those who have made this journey before her, especially the desert fathers. I found her writing style warm and relaxed, and I felt that we were sharing, so some extent, in her experiences. This reads in many places like a travelogue, but it is not a travelogue of places in particular, but rather it is a travelogue in her journey into silence and solitariness.

Being happily married I can't tread the same solitary and silent path as Sara Maitland. But she does still remind all of us that prayerful silence is not something just for the confessed religious; it is something we can all embrace in different ways in each of our lives.

A page book on silence is anything but silence - Sara likes to think and talk about silence - great book so far - the extremes human souls will go to to pin down the meaning of life. Sara is busy with the joy of her heart.

This is an interesting book following one woman's exploration of the nature of silence. Maitland looks at how silence has been seen and experienced by a variety of different people and groups over time, from the desert fathers to poets and solo adventurers. She then proceeds to explore these different silences for herself, travelling to a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye, the Sinai desert and into the hills of Galloway.

This is a well written work, part autobiography, part essay, part travelogue and will be an interesting read for those who appreciate silence and solitude. An interesting account of Sara Maitland's attempt to find silence and stories of others doing the same and weigh up the positives against the negatives. The book wasn't quite what I expected but interesting nonetheless - exploring the experience of silence from human voices of solo sailors and arctic explorers, the total soundless silence of the desert, the chosen silence of hermits, the silence of death - but above all her own experience of noise and extroversion and a growing desire for solitude and silence; the record of her own experimenting with spending long lengths of time in silence in different places, with different landscapes and rhythms of nature and sounds or absence of sounds; it's effect on her; the coping with the adjustment and needs of other people in her life to this choice of trying to develop a largely silent life; and the place of silence in her awareness of God and her spiritual life.

I found her personal journey fascinating - leading me to reflect on my own experience of the peace and presence of God in the quiet of dawn or the open space of moorland, sea or desert - though at times the descriptions a bit too long and wordy. I enjoyed this unusual read. Beautifully written and an interesting search by the author in search of silence.

I liked the book because it was about the Isle of Skye, a place I love. It was an interesting take on how silence is such a precious state in such a noisy world. See all reviews. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: st kilda. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more.

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However, the Revue will not fall silent; it will be given a new lease of life and a fresh voice. Over the past decade silence has become a fertile subject of investigation, often studied from a transdisciplinary perspective. Dictionaries will refer to it as a complete absence of sound or speech. Silence is ineffable; it imposes itself on us. The way we envisage silence has much to do with our metaphysical apprehension of Man.

Sara Maitland born 27 February , London is a British writer of religious fantasy. A novelist, she is also known for her short stories. Her work has a magic realist tendency. Originally spelt Sarah Maitland , she was the second of six children to an upper-middle class London family, [1] which she has described as "very open and noisy". Maitland thought this school a terrible place and became very excitable.


A Book Of Silence After a noisy upbringing as one of six children and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother Sara Maitland began to crave.


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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. After a noisy upbringing as one of six children, and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland began to crave silence. Over the past five years, she has spent periods of silence in the Sinai Desert and the Australian bush and on the Isle of Skye.

A deeply thoughtful, honest and illuminating memoir about a phenomenon too often neglected in the contemporary world. Sara Maitland is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughters of Jerusalem , and several non-fiction books about religion. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.

In the course of researching and writing the book Maitland spent silent time in silent places — on Skye in the Hebrides; in the Sinai Desert; in forests and mountains; in a flotation tank; in monasteries and libraries. She was trying to match her personal experiences to those of other people — from fairy stories to single-handed sailors, from hermits and romantic poets to prisoners and castaways, from reading and writing to mountaineering and polar exploration, from mythology to psychoanalysis. For Sara Maitland, a practising Roman Catholic, silence has a profound religious dimension, which is also examined and discussed. This journey into silence has held surprises and setbacks, but mainly a deepening sense of happiness.

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December 30, by hermitblog. In the course of researching and writing the book Maitland spent silent time in silent places — on Skye in the Hebrides; in the Sinai Desert; in forests and mountains; in a flotation tank; in monasteries and libraries. She was trying to match her personal experiences to those of other people — from fairy stories to single-handed sailors, from hermits and romantic poets to prisoners and castaways, from reading and writing to mountaineering and polar exploration, from mythology to psychoanalysis. For Sara Maitland, a practising Roman Catholic, silence has a profound religious dimension, which is also examined and discussed. This journey into silence has held surprises and setbacks, but mainly a deepening sense of happiness. In the end Maitland built a little house on an isolated moor in Galloway, designed for solitary and silent living.


Sara Maitland has a clearly defined goal in her present life: “to live in as much silence as is possible at this point in history” (). This book is part memoir and​.


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D eipnosophy means "love of, or skill at, dinner party conversation", and for the first half of her life, Sara Maitland was, by her own cheerful admission, a yakker. I love talking. She says, "I would put down deipnosophy as my hobby. A story-teller, a firm believer in the possibilities of narrative, she published a series of novels and short stories.

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