Silence: In the Age of Noise
Author: Erling Kagge | Paperback
What is silence?
Where can it be found?
Why is it now more important than ever?
In this astonishing and transformative meditation, Erling Kagge, famed Norwegian explorer and the first person to reach the South Pole alone, explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to our sanity and happiness--and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.
**Lani's Staff Pick**
This is a pithy series of meditations about silence that can be found almost anywhere: in the natural world, between the moments in music, and even within ourselves. Author Kagge lends exploration into the lack of silence in our lives and the struggles that come with being still and quiet. As a seasoned explorer and the first to have traveled by foot to the South Pole, he has experienced silence in the deepest and most intense ways. Part philosophy, part personal musing, Kagge sows seeds of thought to consider how all humans can uniquely experience silence in their own ways. Hint: you don't have to traverse across the globe, become a monk, nor perform extreme sessions of meditation.
"As much an object as book, something to be handled and savored.... I too remember crunching over ice at the South Pole--though I had not walked there like the author--and thinking about the ethereal quality of silence that the owned world cannot give (no country owns the Antarctic). Erling Kagge captures that wonder on the page." --Wall Street Journal
"A joyful celebration of what feels like a precious resource that is . . . in too short supply." --On Air, NPR
"The book both contemplates the various forms of silence around and within us, and offers solutions for finding such silence amidst endless interruptions and opportunities for distraction....With a sense of awe, Kagge wanders rather than narrates, moving intuitively between philosophy, science, and personal experience....It's always good to be reminded of ancient truths. And with Silence, Kagge provides a much-needed reminder." --Los Angeles Review of Books
"An eloquent and persuasive argument for the significance of silence, in all of its forms, from an author who has explored the limits of the human experience." --Kirkus Reviews
"Searing and soaring....For Kagge, silence is more than the absence of sound: it is the incubator for thought, the conscious eradication of external distraction, and the ability to live in one's own mind as fully as one lives in the physical world. Infused with powerfully evocative art and photographs that enhance his salient concepts, Kagge's treatise on this endangered commodity provides an intriguing meditation for mindful readers." --Booklist
"The book expands the concepts of silence and noise beyond their aural definitions and engages with modern culture's information overload, need for constant connection, and cult of busyness....Great pleasure lies in Kagge's creative investigations. The reader leaves more mindful of the swirl of distraction present in everyday life." --Publishers Weekly