Meditation on Space-Time

Meditation on Space-Time

by Mr. Leonard Seet


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ISBN-13: 9780967493725
Publisher: Excelsior Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2012
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Leonard Seet's short fictions have appeared in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Banana Writers. He learned the art of writing from Brando Skyhorse and Tim Johnston through George Washington University's Jennie McKean Moore Fiction Workshop, which is by application.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meditation on Space-Time is a philosophical novel where the quantum mechanical worldview seeps into everyday life. The Uncertainty Principal, and especially the Many-World Interpretation, colors Father Lawrence’s perception of reality. A world of possibilities at every moment, where the outcome follows stochastic processes rather than deterministic laws.  “At the ledge of each instant facing the chasm between one moment and the next, four billion souls awaited renewal and an infinite number of possible worlds anticipated birth. Of all the possible worlds, only one would come to be; and yet an infinite number would open up for the next instant.” But the priest also struggles between the religious life of doctrine and rites and the spiritual life of creativity and mystery, ultimately choosing the latter by renouncing his vow. Like Thomas Merton, he refuses to slaughter his intellect in the name of piety and religiosity.  Father Lawrence must tread through the desert of betrayals and losses to reach the oasis of friendship and enlightenment. And enlightenment is what he seeks rather than perfection—for Ichiro—and happiness—for Camellia. In the end, he must accept the loss of his best friend and carry the pain on his solitary journey toward enlightenment, or just old age. Meditation on Space-Time is a novel of love and friendship, of good versus evil and of journeys taken. I recommend it for those who reflect such journeys. The lyrical prose that threads through the characters and their secrets is beautiful and provocative. A memorable novel. Jeffrey Baker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Meditation on Space-Time, Leonard Seet describes Father Lawrence’s struggle to live in but not of the world. Like Thomas Merton, the physicist-monk sought contemplation while desiring to confront the world. His love for his friends Ichiro and Camellia brought him face to face with the evil Jim Whitfield even while his desire to meditation on space-time drew him into the cabin in the woods.  When Camellia went missing, he went to Gilead to search for her, but encounter a whiskey priest and a penitent whose vices included seducing women, framing rivals, and laundering church-funds. And soon discover the link between the latter and Camellia.  When he read his high school friend Jim Whitfield’s diary, he began to discover the conspiracy behind his breaking-up with his best friend more than twenty years ago. And found out Ichiro and Camellias had been helping Jim to spy on him. Even as returned to Boston in the rain, his heart ached for lost friendship, again. After he had found out that Camellia was pregnant with Jim’s child, he knew must relinquish solitude and prayer. He locked himself in his cabin for days and decided to renounce his vow. He bought a gun at a Virginia gun show without knowing how to load the magazine. He intended to confront Jim Whitfield. On a rainy night in Gilead’s Whitfield Park, three shots would salute the night and a man would fall into the stream…   We find in Father Lawrence traces of Thomas Merton and Brother William in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. Through Leonard Seet’s portrayal of the movements of Lawrence’s mind and heart, we dwell into his soul, deep as a dark night. The poetic language in Meditation on Space-Time reflects Lawrence’s interweaving thoughts and entangling emotions. “More than once, the broken moon would cast through the window a silver light and remind me of independent events yielding to their own momentum and interacting under natural laws while my mind would impose happiness, grief, beauty, ruin, justice and chaos.” The stream of consciousness of his meditations on space-time leads me into a spiritual journey through the fabrics of reality. But like a mystery, the reader can sort through the clues to find the identities and schemes of the cast of characters. And Lawrence would seek to outwit his archenemy Jim Whitfield and the Ponzi schemer Donald Larsen. Ichiro is a fascinating character, who is obsessed with seeking perfection through death. A very different philosophy of life from that of Lawrence’s spirituality.  Meditation on Space-Time is spiritual, philosophical, and intellectual. But also dark and poignant. It leaves you thinking about the nature of good and evil. And you feel yourself among the autumn foliages relishing their last beauty while the sun sets in the horizon. A masterpiece among literary novels.