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Author QuotedJulien Hartridge Green
Title QuotedJournals
Date (Year/Month/Day)1956/08/14
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1938-1946
QuotationJulien Green's Journal has finally come to absorb me altogether in the sleepy time after dinner when I have to read something light to keep awake. The first two volumes were innocent and could be read like a magazine in a dentist's office with a certain detachment or, better perhaps, superficially They do not invite the reader to commit himself. One is simply interested by the reappearance of Gide and by his bright sayings and by Green's struggle to write another novel. (I have never had any desire to read any of his novels.) After the war years have begun it is another matter. Green, in America, had an imperious need for France, for Paris. Here there is no neutrality. I find I am in the same position-to some extent. Green challenges me to remember whether or not I am, as he is, French. Well, I am.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 64
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