Autobiography

A Book of Silence: A Journey in Search of the Pleasures and by Sara Maitland

By Sara Maitland

The seriously acclaimed memoir of a look for silence that completed a shock luck a lot noisier than its subject...

After a loud upbringing as one in every of six kids, and maturity as a vocal feminist and mom, Sara Maitland started to crave silence. during the last 5 years, she has spent sessions of silence within the Sinai wasteland, the Australian bush, and the Isle of Skye. She interweaves those studies with the heritage of silence via fairy-tale and delusion, Western and japanese spiritual traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, as much as the ambivalence in the direction of silence in modern society. Maitland has outfitted a hermitage on an remoted Scottish moor, and the booklet culminates powerfully together with her reviews of silence during this new domestic.

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Asked Osman. I explained that my immediate destination was En Nahud. Osman smiled for the first time. ‘That’s where we’re going,’ he said. ’ He seemed to take this for granted, but somehow I felt reluctant. There was something mildly sinister about the brooding youths, and the stories I had heard about bandits had put me on my guard. On the other hand these boys had rescued me from a very awkward situation, and anyhow, to travel with company would be far more interesting than going alone. ’ I asked.

The first thing I saw as I awoke was a camel-rider bearing down upon me. He couched his camel and came over to where I was lying in the heskaniit. ’ he asked incredulously. ’ He pointed west and shook his head, ‘It’s dangerous to sleep in the open. The country’s full of bandits. ’ Later, I realised how incredible it must have seemed to him to find a khawaja sleeping in such uncomfortable conditions, when there was hospitality to be found at any village. But at this time I had not yet understood that the Arab concept of hospitality was nearer to being a right than a privilege: 30 something which could be freely asked for, and was freely offered.

Then I packed up my things and rode away in the wake of the Jawa’ama, trying desperately to hold on with hands which were red and swollen from the heskaniit. The boys pointed out to me the pitched roofs of a village not far away, and I urged the camel towards it. As I approached, a magnificent sight met my eyes. Outside the village was a well, and, even at this early hour, almost every inhabitant of the village must have been there. The well was surrounded by cattle, sheep, and goats, pressing and pawing at each other so that a cloud of fine dust layered the air above them.

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