Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2008
CD ISBN 9780143143710 $39.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Kathleen Norris tackles with great acumen the biblical topic of acedia—the inability to care. Norris uses autobiography and academic analysis to demonstrate the term's modern relevance. The book is a smart, compelling read, especially when Norris discusses her husband's suicidal breakdown and acedia's role in her writing. Unintentionally ironic, Norris's narration is as dispassionate and devoid of vitality as the affliction of acedia that she so eloquently details. Norris even misses the punch lines of her own jokes, flatly delivering her own wit as if reading a weather report off a cue card. It was an unfortunate choice to have ACEDIA AND ME read by the author, especially given the topic's relevance to depressed and distracted cultures. J.T. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2008]
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