Walking a Literary Labyrinth: A Spirituality of Reading
The labyrinth is a meditative path that""symbolizes our journey through life,"" writes Malone, an Ursuline nun with an omnivorous reading habit--she reads not solely for enlightenment but for the sheer labyrinthine pleasure of it, and confesses she is""more likely to miss my night prayers on occasion than my reading."" This delightful memoir/rumination draws on an astonishingly wide range of books, from the expected St. Augustine to John Donne, Isak Dinesen and even Sue Grafton, as Malone traces the human journey""from orality to literacy,"" considers the impact of F. Scott Fitzgerald on her""sophomoric self,"" discusses her work in interreligious organizations and its effects on her understanding of other faiths, and ponders the Church's diminution of sexuality to the physical.""Reading is an intimate act,"" Malone quotes Harold Brodkey. And readers will enjoy their intimacy with this wise, insightful woman who shares their passion for books.