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Author QuotedHermann Hesse
Title QuotedJourney to the East / translation of Die Morgenlandfahrt by Hilda Rosner
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/10/03
ImprintNew York : Farrar. Straus & Giroux, 1961
QuotationThen there was Portland (where we were not supposed to be) and the plane filled up and I finished Hermann Hesse and Paul Bowles [ Note 15: Paul Frederick Bowles (1910-) is an American writer, poet, novelist, translator, and composer living in Tangier, Morocco. It is not certain which book of Bowles's Merton was reading at the time, since it was not returned to Gethsemani with the rest of Merton's personal effects at the time of his death.] and looked out at the scarred red flanks of Lassen Peak and as we landed in SF a carton of Pepsi cans broke open and the cans rolled around all over the floor in the back galley and even a little bit forward, under the feet of some sailors.
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 198
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