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An infinity of little hours : five young men and their trial of faith in the western world's most austere monastic order

Author: Nancy Klein Maguire
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This is the story of the five-year journey taken by five young men inside the largest center of the most rigorous and ascetic monastic order in the Western world: the Carthusians. When the five young men arrive at the imposing gates of Parkminster in 1960, they enter a world virtually unchanged since its founding in the eleventh century." "As well as being a uniquely intimate portrait of the customs and practices  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Klein Maguire
ISBN: 9781586483272 1586483277
OCLC Number: 61500091
Description: xii, 258 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Arrivals (July 1960-March 1961) 9 --
2 The Order (1084-1965) 21 --
3 Parkminster (1883-1965) 37 --
4 Inside the Charterhouse (1960-1961) 45 --
5 The Last Novice (1960-1961) 59 --
6 The Novice Master (April 1961) 68 --
7 The Long Walk (May 8, 1961) 80 --
8 Alone (March 1962) 97 --
9 Desire (Summer 1962) 119 --
10 Profession (June 16-24, 1963) 127 --
11 Monks Off Pitch (December 18 and 24-25, 1963) 140 --
12 The Noonday Demon (April 1964) 156 --
13 Outside the Walls (August 15, 1964) 164 --
14 Perseverance (September 16-December 25, 1964) 172 --
15 Togetherness and Warmth (December 25-26, 1964) 182 --
16 Monks Disappearing (Winter 1965) 194 --
17 Monks Dying (February 6, 1962; Fall 1965) 208 --
18 Solemn Profession (September 29-October 6, 1965) 216 --
Epilogue: Later (October 6, 2005) 229 --
Dramatis Personae 239 --
A Note on the Sources 241 --
The Carthusian Horarium in the 1960s 244.
Responsibility: Nancy Klein Maguire.
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