Item description for The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition by Thomas Merton & Merton...
Overview This classic of faith has touched millions of lives--and is now available in a beautiful gift edition.
Publishers Description This beautifully produced commemorative edition includes an account of the book's original publication by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, an Introduction by Merton's biographer, Father William Shannon, and Merton's own Introduction to the Japanese edition.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition by Thomas Merton & Merton has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1041
Library Journal - 09/01/1998 page 224
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 802
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 822
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Studio: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.73" Width: 6.48" Height: 1.57" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
ISBN 0151004137 ISBN13 9780151004133
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More About Thomas Merton & Merton
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Seven Storey Mountain: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition?
a treasure, and immortal Jun 7, 2008
"The Seven Storey Mountain" is that rarest of gems: an articulate book about a lifelong spiritual quest.
Its author, Thomas Merton, tells the story of his life, how his vague unease about spiritual questions eventually led him not only to Catholicism but to the narrow walls of a Trappist monastery in Kentucky.
The writing is rich and thoughtful. Whatever your opinion of Merton's conclusions, you find yourself admiring his bravery and honesty.
Surprisingly, the book is actually quite the multi-textured rumination on life in America in mid-century as much as it is the story of Merton's life. His gallery of characters and evocative prose never disappoint. Here's a sample:
"It was a bright, icy-cold afternoon when, having passed Nantucket Light, we first saw the long, low, yellow shoreline of Long Island shining palely in the December sun. But when we entered New York harbor the lights were already coming on, glittering like jewels in the hard, clear buildings. The great, debonair city that was both young and old, and wise and innocent, shouted in the winter night as we passed the Battery and started up the North River. And I was glad, very glad to be an immigrant once again." (p. 151)
I would recommend "The Seven Storey Mountain" to anybody who finds himself restless about spiritual matters, even if he has no particular interest in Catholicism or even Christianity. The book's reach is much deeper than that.
The Seven Storey Mountain May 14, 2008
This excellent book has been on my 'must-buy'list for some time. It is beautifully written - goes straight to the heart. I have read it twice, and always find something new, and interesting. ( I had the advantage of a borrowed copy). I read in the'Note to the reader'at the beginning of the book that some would have difficulty in understanding the 'outdated religious atmosphere' that pervades the book. I think that the reader would find it a part of its charm (if that is the word).
Beautiful, beautiful book! Apr 4, 2008
I just bought a copy of this book. It is so beautiful I finished reading it word for word from cover to cover in 2 days. I am hooked on Thomas Merton! Looking forward to more of his works.
better with time Mar 2, 2008
The Seven Storey Mountain is a true classic written by a humble genius. It is extremely well written and laid out. Thomas Merton being a highly intelligent man wrote it is a highly intelligent manner, and you can not help but sink into his wonderful narrative style and logical manner. It was written over half a century though and I at times had to reread sections because his writing style and use of words was not very familiar to me, and I wanted to insure I was understanding what he was saying.
What really sets the Seven Storey Mountain apart is it gets better after reading it. It is often times in the years after my first read where idea and seeds that were planted when I first read the novel make themselves known. Thomas' search and discovery for religion and purpose will appeal to a wide audience, not just the uber religious. It is a wonderful novel of self discovery and change.
Should be made mandatory reading Feb 23, 2008
As an Eastern Catholic who is in the midst of discerning a call to the monastic life (a very serious call), I thought that reading the written account of Merton's own journey might be helpful. I was not disappointed. More than that, I think that all sophomores in high school should be made to read it, with a mandatory repeat in their senior year.
Because Merton so eloquently describes his involvement for the first 30 years of his life in what the Bible speaks of as "the vanity of this world." He carefully takes the reader through the journey of an ordinary childhood, his college years, and the inner sense of dissatisfaction he felt with all the things that the world calls "important". This gnawing sense within his soul led to his eventual conversion to the Catholic Faith. His expressions of joy at his conversion are lovely to read, and, for me, reflect my similar experience in entering our Lord's Church 7 years ago.
I think therefore it would be good for young people to read this book on the threshold of their adulthood so that they could see that there is more indeed to life than the pursuit of wealth and fame. They would also read the read conversion of a soul from discontent to peace, from questioning to assurance, from boredom to joy. I think too many people associate the conscrated life with austerity and joylessness. One simply does not get that feeling from Merton's conversion to the Church, and then to the Trappist monastery. If one is truly called to the consecrated life, there is joy in responding to that call, and Merton makes this clear as he writes.
Fr. Merton has a wonderful style of writing and, except for a few parts which got a little tedious for me to plow through, I found the book flows well and is easily readable. Merton has sections where he describes in clear detail his thoughts regarding the vanity of the passing world and his attraction to that which is eternal and timeless --the spiritual world. As we know from his later writings, there was a special call on his life which kept him from finding peace and rest within until he responded to it.
This is a well written and easy to read story of one man's early life and spiritual journey. Once you pick it up, you will find it hard to put down until you finish it.