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As other reviews note this book examines not only self imposed silence but solitary confinement and the use of silence in incarceration I found it odd that the book cover subtitle doesn t emphasize that at least 50% of the book is about methods of incarceration which to me is a bit of a tangent away from the examination of uiet and silence An intriguing read I picked it up partly because of the cover I thought it was so pretty and yet haunting The review I saw mentioned an Eye of God window in one of the prisons and that reminded me of the Kilmainham Gaol prison in Dublin Ireland that I visited last summer that had a similar rehab of prisoners that they needed to now that God was watching them In this book though it was also an attempt to so isolate a prisoner that they would hopefully turn to God and change their ways after release I found it interesting her connection between prison life in the early centuries of Europe and America and monastic life in both areas as well Silence One by choice or calling the other by conseuence of actions One that can offer relief from the chaos of the world with time to relect and meditate the other that can change a human within days to pure madness Thomas Merton is now on hold at the library for me because the author enjoyed his writing so Being a uiet person by nature the subject of silence doesn t scare me as long as its by choice A star for the beautiful cover and another for the occasionally lovely writing But oh what a Bataan Death March of a book What do prisons and monasteries have in common This is the unexpected and unusual premise of Jane Brox s Silence She recreates the history of prisons in England and America and puts the reader in the place of a prisoner to feel the punishment endless years of it Then she crosses over to Christian monasteries showing. From the author of the “dazzling epic” Brilliant a compelling history of silence as a powerful shaper of the human mind in prisons in places of contemplation and in our own lives Through her evocative intertwined histories of the penitentiary and the monastery Jane Brox illuminates the many ways silence is far  complex than any absolute; how it has influenced ideas of the self soul and society Brox traces its place.

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Why they exist at all how they spread and the extra severe burden placed on women in their own monasteries US prisons were designed to be hellish Prisoners were hooded on their way in so they could n The book raises so many possibilities especially the compare and contrast of the monastic and penal lives But it remains oddly silent on adding actual understanding of the titular topic I cannot remember ever reading or listening to a book with such a negative portrayal of a subject There was no mistake that the author views silence as a punishment Description was very misleading or I would never have wasted my time I got to disc six of eight and just could not force myself to go any further Note I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalleySilence and variety are two concepts that aren t often thought of together to put it generously Jane Brox however shows uite clear that silence is nothing close to as simple as the overwhelming majority considers is Silence is something that can be nurtured and utilized as an expression of faith it can be experimented with not very effectively as a tool of reform and it can wreck painful havoc as a method of punishment In just these three areas Brox explores and reveals a complex and surprisingly diverse world And as one reads this eye opening book in their very own form of silence it will be hard to make it even halfway through before the author will successfully get you pondering about it and whether it s something you could stand to make room for of in your day to day life Uniue engulfing unsettling One of those books taken off the new non fiction shelf at the library because it intrigued me One of those books where you don t now what you re getting into And then you find thank you to Jane for this that you re in a Bataan Death March of a book. As a transformative power in the monastic world from Medieval Europe to the very public life of twentieth century monk Thomas Merton whose love for silence deepened even as he faced his obligation to speak out against war This fascinating history of ideas also explores the influence the monastic cell had on one of society’s darkest experiments in silence Eastern State Penitentiary Conceived of by one of the Foundi.

But I think that s why it works Silence as a chosen practice is brutal and horrific when imposed A book about two extremes of silence freely chosen in the monastic life and imposed in a penitentiary can t be true to its subject without a grueling unremitting tone It s true that it s not a social history wish publishers would uit creating clickbait subtitles that are misleading And it s also true that Brox stays silent on aspects of silence that her book presents with insistence But I m glad I took it off the non fiction shelf This is a peculiar bookIt s well written and carefully researched Brox presents her readers with a nuanced exploration of the role of silence in both culture and the formation of the self Her writing plays out against the reality of the loss of silence in our chattering roaring distracted culture I picked it up because it seemed a natural follow on to my recent reading of Barbara Brown Taylor s wonderful writings about darknessThough I liked much of it the book also frustrates just a little because it seems not to go anywhere We look at monastic life and then we look at solitary confinement in prisons and then back to monastic life and then back to prisons and on and on Silence is isolating and horrible but it is necessary and centering but it is oppressive and patriarchal but it is beautiful and back and forth It was a little hard to now exactly what was being said Perhaps the ambiguity of silence was the point but it felt hard to stay engaged at tim Interesting way to tackle silence through both prisons and monks I found the book interesting but I think might be hard for others While this was the history of silence I was looking towards how to accomplish and integrate silence in the everyday world Also I felt with each setting you could use silence for punishment and for benefit. Ng Fathers and built on the outskirts of Philadelphia the penitentiary’s early promulgators imagined redemption in imposed isolation but they badly misapprehended silence’s dangers Finally Brox’s rich exploration of silence’s complex and competing meanings leads us to imagine how we might navigate our own relationship with silence today for the transformation it has always promised in our own lives  Time.

JANE BROX is the author of Clearing Land Five Thousand Days Like This One a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Here and Nowhere Else which received the L L WinshipPEN New England Award She lives in Maine