Retail pak Audio Literature 1998
CS ISBN 157453033X $17.95 Two cassettes
Without introduction, not even the announcement of the book's title, Debra Winger immerses listeners in this firsthand account of Kathleen Norris's monastic journey. Commencing the way this audio production does, Winger immediately reinforces a sense of intimacy, a powerful element to these reflections. Her presentation style underscores the simplicity of Norris's years as an oblate in a Benedictine monastery. "Listen" is the first word of the Benedictine's rule for monasteries. How fitting that audio becomes a vehicle to share Norris's insights on monastic ritual, from the reading of Psalms to conversations about celibacy. Winger gives attention to pace and detail, establishing a smooth rhythm for the narration. Norris reflects on her instructions for the lector reading of passages-- "no emoting." Winger senses this caution and relies on the poetic language and images within the text. The mention of a "scarlet dress" worn by Norris stands out in vivid contrast to the neutral ground of her contemplation. The three-hour abridgment of CLOISTER WALK is over all too soon. The program encourages further exploration of the reflections Norris has to share. Norris's AMAZING GRACE is now available, read once again by Debra Winger. R.F.W. © AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 99]
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