Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life

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Macmillan, Apr 20, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 241 pages
A gifted writer's inquiry into one of the most profound yet least discussed issues of contemporary American life: the individual's search for faith. It tells of Hampl's quest to escape the indelible brand of a Catholic upbringing, following her to the "old world" of Catholocism in Spain and France, where she meets other pilgrims, back home again, and finally to a monastery in northern California, where she is able to settle into the real goal of her search: the silence of prayer.
 

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One woman's search for spirituality through her Roman Catholic past and a variety of Franciscan experiences. The end is stronger than the beginning, maybe because she at least comes closer to understanding what she is looking for as the book goes on. Read full review

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Hampl, a poet, professor (English/Univ. of Minnesota), and MacArthur Fellow, peers into her soul and finds the Church. A rambling, radiant travelogue-cum-memoir, a sequel of sorts to the author's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
18
Section 4
23
Section 5
33
Section 6
41
Section 7
53
Section 8
57
Section 14
124
Section 15
133
Section 16
142
Section 17
154
Section 18
164
Section 19
185
Section 20
197
Section 21
205

Section 9
71
Section 10
83
Section 11
91
Section 12
106
Section 13
115
Section 22
214
Section 23
217
Section 24
223
Section 25
235
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About the author (2005)

Patricia Hampl is the author of A Romantic Education, Woman Before an Aquarium, Resort and Other Poems, Spillville, and I Could Tell You Stories. She lives in Minnesota.

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