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He would buy a gun without knowing how to load the magazine. He would search for his enemy. But when faced with the gun barrel, Father Lawrence would have to contemplate death… only to hear the three shots that saluted the dark night… Either mercy or justice; either salvation or friendship. The scintillating writing is elegant, pure, grownup, originally cast, heartfelt, intelligent… The writing is simply breathtaking… brilliant bit of poetic science… If you prefer intelligently crafted novels, then do yourself a favor and by all means read this unforgettable novel by Leonard Seet: Paperback , pages.
Published November by Excelsior Publishing first published September 24th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Meditation on Space-Time , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Meditation on Space-Time. Lists with This Book. Aug 11, David Lentz rated it it was amazing. Father Lawrence is a complex protagonist: In graceful exposition here is how the modest monk views himself: On a dark night, I would search Polaris to guide me, but o Father Lawrence is a complex protagonist: The battle beyond good and evil between the priest and the preacher reminded me of the battle between Crucifer and the teacher in Alexander Theroux's brilliant novel, "Darconville's Cat.
The priest yearns through a shift in the logic of space and time to discover an oasis in a grain of sand and so he finds himself dealing with life's grand existential questions on the shore of Thoreau's Walden Pond in Concord: That morning,under the rising sun, the water sang and danced to the rhythm of the morning breeze, and the ripples crisscrossed to weave a lattice of light. The clouds drifted in the stream of air. I chanted Veni Creator Spiritus. Yet, a squall-laden peace. I would enter, not hesitating, and choke on the dry air and collapse under the sandstorm. And yet, among the sand dunes rippling into the horizon would sprout an oasis if I could endure and embrace the desert as it had me.
These hands and feet of flesh and bone, this heart of fear and hunger, under the sun and in the sand, to seize the fleeting peace at Walden Pond. Leonard Seet has left no literary devices on the table to narrate his tale: As much as I enjoyed this story line of Leonard Seet, I was enthralled by the pure beauty of the writing among all the plot points. The scintillating writing is elegant, pure, grownup, originally cast, heartfelt, intelligent: Check out this poetic rhapsody from the priest: But the brilliance, the sweetness, the warmth.
In the horizon of the next galaxy a positron and an electron mated and gave birth in annihilation to twin photons streaking at the speed of light toward opposite infinities to reencounter at the other pole of the space-time hydrosphere birth life decay death the cosmic cycle beyond space-time beyond matter-energy beyond I-thou beyond Alpha and Omega.
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Seet gives you credit for being a thinking person, a serious reader, a person of substance and high intelligence. As a Bostonian I revelled in the finely wrought stagecraft of the settings there. This literary novel is layered so that it can be enjoyed by those who simply want a good story and yet it satisfies those who want a book written poetically with substance and a style that is grown-up and intellectualy complex enough to open new intellectual avenues.
If you prefer intelligently crafted novels, then do yourself a favor and by all means read this unforgetable novel by Leonard Seet: View all 3 comments. Dec 23, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Meditation on Space-Time is a philosophical novel where the quantum mechanical worldview seeps into everyday life. A world of possibilities at every moment, where the outcome follows stochastic processes rather than deterministic laws. Of all the possible worlds, only one would come to be; and yet an infinite number would open up for the next instant.
Like Thomas Merton, he refuses to slaughter his intellect in the name of piety and religiosity.
Father Lawrence must tread through the desert of betrayals and losses to reach the oasis of friendship and enlightenment. And enlightenment is what he seeks rather than perfection—for Ichiro—and happiness—for Camellia. In the end, he must accept the loss of his best friend and carry the pain on his solitary journey toward enlightenment, or just old age. Meditation on Space-Time is a novel of love and friendship, of good versus evil and of journeys taken.
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I recommend it for those who reflect such journeys. The lyrical prose that threads through the characters and their secrets is beautiful and provocative. View all 6 comments. Sep 04, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: But soon he would discover the link between this man and Camellia. But ever since the girl whom he had counseled, committed suicide, he preferred distancing himself from other lives. After locking himself in his cabin for days, he decided to renounce his vow and had to learn to equate a dollar with a cheeseburger.
He left the monastery ready to battle Jim Whitfield. On the way to Gilead, he bought a gun at a Virginia gun show without knowing how to load the magazine. Three shots would thunder through the air and a man would fall into the stream… Either mercy or justice; either salvation or friendship. Leonard Seet, who wrote The Spiritual Life and understood monasticism and mysticism, portrays Lawrence as a cross between the intellectual and aloft Thomas Merton and the sensitive and reflective Henri Nouwen and detailed the movements of the mind and heart.
If you think monks are dull, think again. The novel reads like a mystery as Lawrence sought to outwit his archenemy Jim Whitfield and the Ponzi schemer Donald Larsen and unraveled secrets along the way. Father Jones the whiskey priest and Edgar Cummingham the salesman-like mortician are memorable characters. Thoughtful, touching, haunting, and shocking.
Dec 23, Samuel Harrison rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Meditation on Space-Time is a moral and philosophical novel about good and evil, but more specifically about greed and the lust for power. Donald Larsen cheats the congregation of their money and Pastor Jim Whitfield helps him and along the way takes a share of the spoils. Edgar the Mortician swindles his customers by buying imitation salmon and Champagne and recycles the plots for new burials. Leonard Seet hints the theme of greed when in the first chapter, Father Lawrence looks into the distan Meditation on Space-Time is a moral and philosophical novel about good and evil, but more specifically about greed and the lust for power.
Leonard Seet hints the theme of greed when in the first chapter, Father Lawrence looks into the distant night at the neon glow above Memphis. And also when he stops by a coffee shop and hears how the young couple plans to default on their mortgage payment and skip town.
Jim Whifield seduces the women to demonstrate his power over them, as it is appearance with Daisy. And as the church's minister, he enforces his power over them, as evident with the Donald Larsen Financial Night and his manipulation of Jackson and Chandler. But the power of the story comes through Seet's writing as he demonstrates he is a master of the prose.
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To wit, his poetic imagery: I wanted to share in the purple striations, the iambic beat, the structural beauty of a new pseudo-symmetry. Sep 16, Autumn Is Azathoth rated it really liked it Shelves: Father Lawrence is too good for this world. Or, Father Lawrence is too high-minded for this world. Or, Father Lawrence is too unearthly for this world. Let the individual reader decide.
Myself, I think his troubles began when he stepped off the grounds of the Massachusetts monastery and headed for Tennessee-Gilead to be exact, where no Balm was to be found. Whichever, Gilead certainly opened his mind, expanded his horizons, exposed him. Father Lawrence really should have Father Lawrence is too good for this world. Father Lawrence really should have kept to his monastic meditations.
Dec 20, Lewis Szymanski rated it it was ok Shelves: I received this in a Goodreads giveaway. I kind of hated this book. It's not necessarily bad. Parts of it are brilliant. There are bits of dialog and soliloquies that I will probably remember for the rest of my life. Most of it seems clumsy and sloppy. The book begins in medias res.
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