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The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey

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With the election of a new Abbot at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton enters a period of unprecedented freedom, culminating in the opportunity to travel to California, Alaska, and finally the Far East – journeys that offer him new possibilities and causes for contemplation. In his last days at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton continues to follow the tumultuous events of the s ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 23rd 1999 by HarperOne (first published July 1st 1998)
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Carrie F.
Sep 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: spiritual
This is Thomas Merton's last journal before he died of electrocution in Asia. He has blown apart my idea of a monk in a hermitage. He had visitors from near and far, he went out to fine restuarants for social meals, he wrote to women romantically, he enjoyed fine wine frequently, he took his dog walking, he edited a poetry magazine, he harshly criticized personally his superiors. He read profusely and was my idea of an erudite. So much for isolation, humility and poverty. But a brilliant man who ...more
Clint
Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it
For a monk devoted to contemplation and solitude Merton had a busy social life, but his contradictions make him all the more interesting. I thought there was a lot of material here that should have been edited, but that is to be expected in a posthumous publication. There is, however, plenty of first rate material here.

There is this strange and disturbing foreshadowing throughout the book and he contemplates whether or not to go to the conference in Bangkok, wonders if he can obtain permission t
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Judith Shadford
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's very sad that the journey is over, that his unique mostly unedited voice is silent. Though he died the fall that my first child was born, there was such freshness in his observations, so much change in his thinking that he seems contemporary. Yes, lots of books and I've read many. But nothing like the journals. Not even the poetry is quite as touching.
Irene
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This diary from the final two years of Merton’s life is uneven, as I suspect any personal journal must be. Part travel notes, part mundane record of the schedule of a semi-hermit, part spiritual searching; every reader will find some areas intriguing and others a bit dull, depending on the interest the reader brings.
Mona
Jul 01, 2012 marked it as to-read
I wish I could know if this is a different book than The Asian Journal.
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Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of int ...more
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