AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, Lectio divina (sacred reading) has been practiced monastically
for untold centuries and is a profoundly flexible way of connecting with a sacred text, being read by the text and then led into quiet compassionate communion.
The geo-political landscape of Arbre places distinct learned cultures/societies in monastically
fashioned enclosures, limiting their contact with the chaos of the contemporary, techno-addicted urban centres of the planet.
Those who undertake "the labor of keeping the texts alive" do so, monastically
and perhaps heroically, even though "the work loses its potent illusion of edge and discovery" while continuing in "Beckettian absurdity."
"I'd worked monastically
on the show for six years with virtually no time off," he says.
"Like Peter Kien in Elias Canetti's Auto-da-Fe, perhaps the one notable work of fiction not alluded to in this novel, she is a proud outsider, monastically
absorbed in her books, reflections, and memories.
, dressed in mustard, finished in cognac.
"I would be disappointed if I didn't break the British record but the line-up ranged against me is intimidating," Farah is so committed to the full distance that he will spend three months away from his wife Tania and three children to prepare monastically
in his African hideaway.
Gradually you descend through seminar rooms, practice rooms, temperature-regulated instrument stores (and what treasure-troves they contain, ranging from an 1851 Erard grand piano, through "period" instruments, to a Javanese gamelan), an impressive, monastically
sepulchral computer room, and eventually down into something like Wagner's Nibelheim, where all kind of magic is wrought.
They learn enough from their books to live monastically
The new building sits on the south-east corner of the site, straddling a schizophrenic divide between the monastically
calm cloisters and landscaped courtyards of Stynen's original building on one side, and a railway line and six-lane ring road on the other.