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Author QuotedWilliam Faukner
Title QuotedGo Down Moses
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/12/02
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1942I
QuotationEarly morning - reading Faulkner's The Bear. Glad the time has come for me to read this. Shattering, cleansing, a mind-changing and transforming myth that makes you stop to think about re-evaluating everything. All great writing like this makes you break through the futility and routine of ordinary life and see the greatness of existence, its seriousness, and the awfulness of wasting it. And how easy it is to waste and trivialize it. Seriousness of my own solitary vocation. Eschatological witness of Ike McCaslin. To know what it means that Boon kills the head Bear.
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 165
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