A Book of Silence


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In her late forties, after a noisy upbringing as one of six children and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland found herself living alone in the country, and, to her surprise, falling in love with silence. In this fascinating, intelligent, beautifully written book, Maitland describes how she set out to explore this new love, spending periods of silence in the Sinai desert, the Scottish hills, and a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye. Maitland finds her experiences both euphoric and dark, mirrored in the ...

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Barbara S

Feb 2, 2015

A Book of Silence

I love this book and am savoring it, and my husband is enjoying it also.


Oct 4, 2012


This modern woman, Sara Maitland, has done a remarkable thing in living and writing about a most elusive subject: silence.
It is becoming harder and harder in these times to find a place where one can experience a truly silent 10 minutes.
Her analysis is thoughtful and reassuring to those of us who value silence.

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