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Author QuotedHenri Troyat
Title QuotedCase de l'Oncle Sam
Date (Year/Month/Day)1959/07/12
Imprint[S.l.] : La Table Ronde. 1948
QuotationBorrowed from the Library of Congress Henri Troyat's La case de l'Oncle Sam. Journalism but refreshing-it is French journalism, and that is something intelligent.The book is something I need at the moment-to see this country again through French eyes and to realize, with relief, that I am not crazy. The faults of Gethsemani are American-puerility, rationalization, idiot belief in gadgets, fetish-worship of machines, and efficiency, love of a big, showy facade (and nothing behind it)-phony optimism, sentimentality, etc.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 304-05
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