A wonderful insight into the calm and contemplative world of the monastery from a premier travel writer.
From the French Abbey of St Wandrille to the abandoned and awesome Rock Monasteries of Cappadocia in Turkey, the celebrated travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor studies the rigorous contemplative lives of the monks and the timeless beauty of their monastic surroundings. In his occasional retreats, the peaceful solitude and the calm enchantment of the monasteries was passed on as a kind of 'supernatural windfall' which A Time to Keep Silence so effortlessly records.
The English language is still a superb instrument in the hands of a writer who has a virtuoso skill with words, a robust aesthetic passion, an indomitable curiosity and a rapturous historical imagination - Observer
The genius of Patrick Leigh Fermor is a many splendoured thing. Soldier, traveller, writer, Phihellene ... he has already dazzled and delighted ... It is some time since more truth and beauty were distilled into a hundred pages - Stewart Perowne
A brilliant book - Sunday Times
Delightful ... His book is not only an admirable piece of travel writing; it is also a brilliant piece of human exploration - New Statesman
Introspection, history, reportage have their balanced places in a well-written book ... measured and lucent - Sunday Times
Patrick Leigh Fermor is a stylish, superb master of words, which he savours like the choicest vintage - The Times
What a delight it is to read a book so beautifully and sensitively written - Observer
A most successful attempt to portray the reactions of the man of the world (in the literal sense) when confronted with the monastic life - Daily Telegraph