Book Review: Silence by Erling Kagge


I read this book in one day and couldn’t to put it down because it was so fascinating. The book is written by Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge who once spent 50 days in silence walking across Antarctica. The author explores the idea of silence by answering some fundamental questions: what is silence? Where can we find it? And why do we need it? He finds answers not only in his solo travels, but also in his busy life back in Norway. The book is written in a poetic and philosophical style yet it never loses its attachment to realism. One of my favourite quotations is: “Being on the journey is almost always more satisfying than reaching the goal.” (p. 126)

Erling Kagge, Silence. In the Age of Noise. UK, Viking, 2017.

Written by Kinga Macalla

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