In the Age of Noise

Book - 2017
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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, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experience 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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781524733230
Branch Call Number: 155.9115 K11s
Characteristics: 143 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm


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ArapahoeJulieH Dec 21, 2018

“We live in the age of noise,” Kagge laments. “Silence is almost extinct.”
'‘What is silence? Where is it? Why is it more important now than ever?" These are three questions asked by Kagge in this small but thought-provoking book. In his search for answers he consults the work of philosophers, poets, artists and businessmen.
Kagge is a Norwegian explorer who was the first person in history to reach the three poles on foot. We get glimpses of his long intervals of silence not only on these expeditions but in large cities and personal spaces.
In this age of noise and distraction, this book is a quiet reminder to all of us to put down our devices and listen; we might be surprised at what emerges in the space of silence. Since reading it, I’ve deleted several popular social media and news apps from my phone and have taken up knitting again!

Jul 05, 2018

A compelling attempt to answer three questions:

What is silence?

Where can it be found?

Why is it now more important than ever?

Beautifully written incorporating author's own experience.

This book has been a great friend to me in this age of chaotic cacophony.

Jan 18, 2018

Silence itself is a topic that I have a great deal of investment in - in my life. So I was hoping for something insightful, especially since this book is getting a lot of attention.
However I found it to be narcissistic and shallow.

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