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Raids on the Unspeakable di Thomas Merton
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Raids on the Unspeakable (edizione 1994)

di Thomas Merton

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Here this concern finds expression in poetic irony and in meditations intentionally dour. In these brief, challenging pieces, Father Merton does not offer consolation or easy remedies. He looks candidly and without illusions at the world of his time. Though he sees dark horizons, his ultimate answer is one of Christian hope. To vary the perspective, he writes in many forms, using parable and myth, the essay and the meditation, satire and manifesto, prose poetry and even adaptations from a medieval Arab mystic (Ibn Abbad) to humanize and dramatic his philosophical themes. The themes ofRaids on the Unspeakable are as old as the myths of Prometheus and Atlas, and as timely as the human evils of today. They range from the "Message" written for an international congress of poets to the beautiful yet disturbing Christmas meditation, "The Time of the End Is the Time of No Room." And there are essays inspired by the world of three significant contemporary writers: Flannery O'Connor, the French novelist Julien Green, and the playwright Eugene Ionesco. A number of Father Merton's own drawings are also included in the book--not as "illustrations," but as "signatures" or :"abstract writings," which stand in their own right as another personal statement.… (altro)
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Titolo:Raids on the Unspeakable
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Info:Hyperion Books (1994), Paperback, 142 pages
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the metaphor got murky ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
Mr. Merton was a Catholic monk, and an amazing man. I learned a new word from this book: eschatology (having to do with the "end of times"), and Merton's discourse on the subject soothed me: every ending in this world also represents a beginning in another world. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
A GATHERING OF MERTON'S PROSE, WITH AN OCCASIONAL POEM. WE FORGET HE WAS AN ACOMPLISHED POET, HIS PROSE REFLECTS THIS. THIS BOOK IS ILLUSTRATED WITH SOME OF HIS DRAWINGS (WASHES). THE FIRST PIECE IS ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS, "RAIN AND THE RHINOCEROS" A REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORLD AND THE COMFORT HE HAS FOUND IN HIS HERMITAGE. IF THIS WERE THE ONLY ESSAY IN THE BOOK IT WOULD BE WORTH HOLDING ON TO. OF INTEREST IS HIS "MESSAGE TO POETS" WITH THE STARTLING PHRASE "THE REASON FOR A POEM IS NOT DISCOVERED UNTIL THE POEM ITSELF EXISTS." ( )
  josephquinton | Aug 20, 2009 |
Parts were insightful but most of the book was unrelated to anything I can identify with. Along with capitalized Religious words was an invented mythology and a contrived convention that was a waste of words. Surely not on of Merton's best. Or am I just beyond or deaf mythology now? ( )
  JBreedlove | Nov 29, 2006 |
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Here this concern finds expression in poetic irony and in meditations intentionally dour. In these brief, challenging pieces, Father Merton does not offer consolation or easy remedies. He looks candidly and without illusions at the world of his time. Though he sees dark horizons, his ultimate answer is one of Christian hope. To vary the perspective, he writes in many forms, using parable and myth, the essay and the meditation, satire and manifesto, prose poetry and even adaptations from a medieval Arab mystic (Ibn Abbad) to humanize and dramatic his philosophical themes. The themes ofRaids on the Unspeakable are as old as the myths of Prometheus and Atlas, and as timely as the human evils of today. They range from the "Message" written for an international congress of poets to the beautiful yet disturbing Christmas meditation, "The Time of the End Is the Time of No Room." And there are essays inspired by the world of three significant contemporary writers: Flannery O'Connor, the French novelist Julien Green, and the playwright Eugene Ionesco. A number of Father Merton's own drawings are also included in the book--not as "illustrations," but as "signatures" or :"abstract writings," which stand in their own right as another personal statement.

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