An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World’s Most Austere Monastic Order, by Nancy Klein Maguire

Carthusians are contemplative monastics who live in community but spend most of their days alone in their private dwellings. Maguire shows an example of this monastic life and its fruits by following the lives of five young men who entered St. Hugh’s Charterhouse in England between July 1960 and March 1961. As they work, pray and live in solitude, they discover not only God but also themselves. Some of them leave by 1965 while others remain. Maguire Maguire creates a personal, sympathetic and amazingly detailed description of an ancient order and its contemporary adherents, based on phone conversations, emails, and a reunion of the five men.

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