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The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton Paperback – November 18, 1993
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While many biographies and studies of the writer and monk Thomas Merton have been published over the years, The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton remains the official biography sanctioned by the Thomas Merton Legacy Trust. Mott was given access to all of the private journals that, according to Merton's legacy, were not to be made public for 25 years after his death. (These have now been released; see for example The Intimate Merton, which contains a selection of these journal entries.) Mott's goal in this work was to approach the writer in a balanced manner--to correct the record where Merton himself may have had the facts wrong (early childhood material, for example), and to offer a different interpretation at times from the one Merton himself comes to in his own autobiographical writings. Above all Mott is not writing hagiography: this is no life of a saint, at least not in the stereotyped sense. But it is clearly the life of a real 20th-century man who, along with the expected dead ends and blind alleys, did find himself listening to a real call and following it as deeply and as passionately as his life would allow. And who knows? Perhaps that's a good definition of saint. --Doug Thorpe
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Like many biographers, Mott adopts something of the style of his subject. His episodic, often elliptical narrative mimics Merton's prose and compellingly evokes the feel of Merton's life. Despite its style and size, however, The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton is not entirely successful, in my view, in providing a definitive portrait of its subject.
Mott seems more at ease appreciating Merton's considerable literary talent and analyzing his often enigmatic psyche than in assessing his theological and spiritual significance. To fully appreciate Merton's place in American religious history, one may want to supplement this generally fine biography with more recent and theologically oriented appraisals.