The Island: A Mirror for the Soul by David Beatty by DAVID BEATTY

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Part memoir, part travel narrative, and part philosophical inquiry, this is a book on memory, solitude, and spiritual quest. In 1981 the author is permitted to stay on a small Buddhist hermitage island on a lagoon in the far south of Sri Lanka. The country is basking in a tenuous peace that would later erupt into a brutal civil conflict. The island has no electricity or modern conveniences, is inhabited by only three monks, monitor lizards, snakes, and myriad birds. He is welcomed by the monks, taught the basic steps of Theravada meditation practice, rescues an injured owl, who becomes a feathered companion, and alone in his hut begins a diary that becomes a healing journey into the past. Recalling his emotionally unstable childhood, a tragic family history, an education tarnished by the myth of empire, a fractured marriage, and his searching travels through post-colonial worlds, he traces the path that brought him to the island.

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