By Sara Maitland
The seriously acclaimed memoir of a look for silence that accomplished a shock good fortune a lot noisier than its subject...
After a loud upbringing as one in every of six youngsters, and maturity as a vocal feminist and mom, Sara Maitland started to crave silence. during the last 5 years, she has spent sessions of silence within the Sinai desolate tract, the Australian bush, and the Isle of Skye. She interweaves those stories with the heritage of silence via fairy-tale and fable, Western and japanese spiritual traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, as much as the ambivalence in the direction of silence in modern society. Maitland has outfitted a hermitage on an remoted Scottish moor, and the publication culminates powerfully together with her reviews of silence during this new domestic.
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The Alpine Flower collections each representing the plants found in the Bulgarian mountain massive were the most interesting part of the Botanical Gardens. Special emphasis was placed on endemic and rare species. The Park also had excellent specimens of the indigenous trees in Bulgaria. The Director of the Garden, a German, was an excellent professional gardener, as well as being a good botanist. I spent several hours with him and he gave me a guided botanical tour, that proved to be invaluable to me when I later ventured out alone.
On our trip we went to the Rila and Pirin mountains, the Rhodope range, Plovdiv, Tatar Pozardjik, Drenovo, Tirnovo, Kazanlik, Shoumen, Burgas, Varna, Pleven and then returned to Sofia. Climbing the high mountains was the most exciting part of the trip. We went up to the Tcherni Vrach (2286 m), in the Pirins, to the Vikhren (2915m), and in the Rhodopes to the Mussala (2925m) the highest point in the Balkans. The wild and the yet untouched virginal splendor of these mountains impressed me as much as the beauty of the flora.
My stay in Prague also contributed significantly to my scientific development. I assisted Professor Pringsheim with his research, but also had ample time for my own scientific work, which I carried out under his direction. I focused on two problems: variegation, and the physiological anatomy of the fruit stalks of heavy fruit. I made the observations that the mechanical strength of fruit stalks such as those in pears and apples, were disproportionate to the weight of the fruits which would remain suspended on trees even with much less mechanical tissue in their stalks.
A Book of Silence: A Journey in Search of the Pleasures and Powers of Silence by Sara Maitland