An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World's Most Austere Monastic Order

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PublicAffairs, 13 mar. 2007 - 264 páginas
In 1960, five young men arrived at the imposing gates of Parkminster, the largest center of the most rigorous and ascetic monastic order in the Western world: the Carthusians. This is the story of their five-year journey into a society virtually unchanged in its behavior and lifestyle since its foundation in 1084. An Infinity of Little Hours is a uniquely intimate portrait of the customs and practices of a monastic order almost entirely unknown until now. It is also a drama of the men's struggle as they avoid the 1960s—the decade of hedonism, music, fashion, and amorality—and enter an entirely different era and a spiritual world of their own making. After five years each must face a choice: to make "solemn profession" and never leave Parkminster; or to turn his back on his life's ambition to find God in solitude. A remarkable investigative work, the book combines first-hand testimony with unique source material to describe the Carthusian life. And in the final chapter, which recounts a reunion forty years after the events described elsewhere in the book, Nancy Klein Maguire reveals which of the five succeeded in their quest, and which did not.
 

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A fascinating book about the Carthusian monks. The author bases her work on interviews with many monks both still in the monastic order and those who left. She provides insight into the reasons that ... Leer reseña completa

AN INFINITY OF LITTLE HOURS: The Trial of Faith of Five Young Men in the Western World's Most Austere Monastic Order

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Gripping tale of five young men who entered Catholicism's most rigorous contemplative monastic order.Founded in 1084, the Carthusian order remained virtually unchanged through the Second Vatican ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

introduction
1
1 Arrivals July 1960March 1961
9
2 The Order 10841965
21
3 Parkminster 18831965
37
4 Inside the Charterhouse 19601961
45
5 The Last Novice 19601961
59
6 The Novice Master April 1961
68
7 The Long Walk May 8 1961
80
14 Perseverance September 16December 25 1964
172
15 Togetherness and Warmth December 2526 1964
182
16 Monks Disappearing Winter 1965
194
17 Monks Dying February 6 1962 Fall 1965
208
18 Solemn Profession September 29October 6 1965
216
epilogue
229
appendix Dramatis Personae
239
appendix A Note on the Sources
241

8 Alone March 1962
97
9 Desire Summer 1962
119
10 Profession June 1624 1963
127
11 Monks Off Pitch December 18 and 2425 1963
140
12 The Noonday Demon April 1964
156
13 Outside the Walls August 15 1964
164
appendix The Carthusian Horarium in the 1960s
244
glossary of religious and monastic terms
246
index
251
reading group guide
259
Untitled
265
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Nancy Klein Maguire is the author of numerous publications on the relationship of theatre and politics in the seventeenth century. She frequently reviews books, most recently for the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She has been a Scholar-in- Residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, since 1983.

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