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Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

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Publisher Comments:

Unabridged CDs • 9 CDs, 11 hours

Kathleen Norri‛s masterpiece: a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term acedia, or soul-weariness, and brilliantly explores its relevancy to the modern individual and culture.

Review:

"Norris's magnificent spiritual memoir of acedia (a complex cousin of depression) gets an uneven audio treatment. At times, Norris's straightforward and monotonous delivery doesn't do justice to the aching beauty of her prose. However, there is a powerful simplicity to having Norris relate her own story, especially since even the most dramatic sequences — such as when her husband disappeared and planned to kill himself — are rendered without the overwrought Sturm und Drang that other narrators might attempt. Her performance is generally dispassionate, her most animated moments not when she is describing her own spiritual journey but when she incisively critiques the narcissism of American culture. The final disc contains a PDF of Norris's 'commonplace book' of favorite quotations on acedia, ranging from early church sages like Anthony the Great and Norris's beloved Evagrius to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ian Fleming. A Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, June 9). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143143710
Subtitle:
A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Read:
Norris, Kathleen
Author:
Norris, Kathleen
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Audiobooks
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.70x5.44x1.57 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details pages Penguin Audiobooks - English 9780143143710 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Norris's magnificent spiritual memoir of acedia (a complex cousin of depression) gets an uneven audio treatment. At times, Norris's straightforward and monotonous delivery doesn't do justice to the aching beauty of her prose. However, there is a powerful simplicity to having Norris relate her own story, especially since even the most dramatic sequences — such as when her husband disappeared and planned to kill himself — are rendered without the overwrought Sturm und Drang that other narrators might attempt. Her performance is generally dispassionate, her most animated moments not when she is describing her own spiritual journey but when she incisively critiques the narcissism of American culture. The final disc contains a PDF of Norris's 'commonplace book' of favorite quotations on acedia, ranging from early church sages like Anthony the Great and Norris's beloved Evagrius to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ian Fleming. A Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, June 9). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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