Silence

by Erling Kagge | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0525563644 Global Overview for this book
Registered by grovalskii of Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on 12/18/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by grovalskii from Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Monday, December 18, 2023
from amazon.de:
In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book. an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge 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 sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.

Journal Entry 2 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Monday, December 18, 2023

Released 5 mos ago (12/29/2023 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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This will be my book for the 2023 roundabout. It was my second favorite book. My absolute fav of 2023 was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/17078129), but it is too fat to include in the roundabout. "Silence" is probably an unlikely choice for the roundabout, I found it quite different. But I learned a lot about the important things in life and found this book inspiring. Hope you all will enjoy it!

Reading order:
fifna
Andrasthe
Icilia
Mathgirl40
djf1968
echode
39301
valpete
cross-patch
dark-draco
earthcaroleanne
greenbadger
estelle1806
--> I won't need the book back, feel free to pass it on to someone else.

Journal Entry 3 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Released 5 mos ago (1/3/2024 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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Just dropped the book off at the mailbox. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, January 6, 2024
Arrived safely, thanks grovalskii!

Journal Entry 5 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, January 12, 2024
An interesting little book. It's good to think about silence, especially since it's such a scarce commodity these days. I'll certainly be paying more attention to the silences in music from now on! Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by wingFifnawing at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Monday, January 15, 2024

Released 5 mos ago (1/15/2024 UTC) at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria

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On its way to Andrasthe.

Journal Entry 7 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Friday, January 19, 2024
Arrived

Released 4 mos ago (2/3/2024 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Kärnten Austria

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Quiet Gravity.

I liked the vignettes and musings, but found them a bit short. The author could have gone a little deeper with his explorations, instead of giving so many names, although some of the ideas presented were fascinating and I feel we all need a little more silence in our lives.


Journal Entry 9 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, February 19, 2024
Found in my mailbox, thank you !

Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, March 3, 2024
Sorry, it didn't work for me. I feel ill at ease in deserts and silence.

Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, March 7, 2024

Released 3 mos ago (3/7/2024 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way across the Atlantic Ocean, have a nice trip !

Journal Entry 12 by mathgirl40 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 17, 2024
This book is now with me!

Journal Entry 13 by mathgirl40 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, April 6, 2024
This book seemed to be a somewhat random collection of thoughts on silence, some insightful and thought-provoking and others that were less interesting. I did enjoy reading the book, however. I find that I am surrounded by sound most of the day, and over the past couple of weeks, I'd read another chapter of the book whenever I found a moment of silence. I believe the book has definitely made me appreciate those moments more!

Journal Entry 14 by mathgirl40 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, April 6, 2024

Released 2 mos ago (4/6/2024 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book is now on its way to djf1968.

Journal Entry 15 by wingdjf1968wing at San Ramon, California USA on Tuesday, April 16, 2024
It's arrived...a random collection of reflections on silence. I can't think of a more PERFECT book to read as we slide through election season in the United States. Thank you grovalskii... I'm looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 16 by wingdjf1968wing at San Ramon, California USA on Saturday, May 4, 2024
A fascinating reflection on silence… what it is, what it isn’t, and how its presence and its absence affects our lives – our happiness, even our sanity. It wanders a bit…kind of like silent moments do. It was a quick read for me, and one I’ll probably return to.

My favorite quotes:

“Whenever I am unable to walk, climb or sail away from the world, I have learned to shut it out.”

“A lot of things in daily life boil down to wonder. It is one of the purest forms of joy that I can imagine.”

“Silence in itself is rich. It is exclusive and luxurious. A key to unlock new ways of thinking.”

“You cannot wait for it to get quiet. Not in New York, nor anywhere else. You must create your own silence.”

“Silence is about rediscovering, through pausing, the things that bring us joy.”

Journal Entry 17 by wingechodewing at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, May 13, 2024
Now in my hands...should be a quick turnaround :)

Journal Entry 18 by wingechodewing at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, May 20, 2024
Silence is a topic near and dear to me, as I live and work around so much noise pollution. Case in point: I wore earplugs for one of my 12-hour shifts two days ago. Not ideal as I'm a front-facing employee at a major medical center, but with all the construction, industrial filters, sitting beside a pneumatic tube station, call-lights, alarms, and phones going off... needs must.
I was expecting a contemplative sojourn across the desolate landscape of Antarctica, but it was more a dissection of things that have already been said. The theory of boredom being the cause of some world problems is timeless. As a friend's grandfather once said, "boredom is the sign of an uncreative mind" (he may have been just trying to shut my friend up as a rambunctious child, but hey).
While I found my reading grooves, they'd occasionally be derailed by speedbumps of a personal affront:
-his friend who died while scaling Mt. Everest when he was expecting a child at home
-anything coming out of Elon Musk's mouth (around the time of the book's publishing, a friend was gaining an ulcer working for this tyrant, who would frequently hole up in his office having drug benders).
Ultimately, like silence, the book was everywhere and nowhere.

The Depeche Mode classic was on a mental loop throughout my reading ;)

Journal Entry 19 by wingechodewing at by hand, to a friend and fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Released 4 wks ago (5/23/2024 UTC) at by hand, to a friend and fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Will be handing this to 39301 over a bowl of ramen at Ooink, after perusing Elliott Bay Bookstore.

Journal Entry 20 by wing39301wing at Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, May 23, 2024
Received this book from @echode as we enjoyed bowls of delicious ramen noodle for dinner. Afterwards, we attempted to join the Silent Bookclub at the Redhook Brewpub in honor of this book but alas, it turned out to be a large group of 20 somethings talking loudly while holding books in their hands. We didn't observe much silence or reading of books. Perhaps the name of the bookclub is ironic?

I listened to the author read this book from an audiobook borrowed from the library earlier this year.
In short chapters, the author who conquered Earth’s “three poles” (North Pole, South Pole, Mount Everest) reflects on silence and its elusive yet positive effect on our lives. While I wish the author delved more deeply into the subject, because of this book, I did contemplate my personal experience with silence and how it is challenging to find.

Thanks for sharing this book with me! I will send if off to @valpete in a few days!

Journal Entry 21 by wing39301wing at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Released 4 wks ago (5/23/2024 UTC) at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Off to @valpete in California!
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Estimated delivery date 5/29/2024

Journal Entry 22 by valpete at Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Received. Looking forward to reading this one.

Journal Entry 23 by valpete at Walnut Creek, California USA on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Released 1 day ago (6/18/2024 11:00 PM UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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I liked this book on silence. I particularly like my silent times when I'm reading (which is often). In these times with all kinds of noise assaulting the senses, it is a welcome relief to have a little silence in our lives.

Sending it across the pond to the next reader.

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