The Monk’s Record Player

The Monk’s Record Player
By Robert Hudson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans
Release Date: 03/2018

Thomas Merton, the utopian hermit monk, and Bob Dylan, the demon-haunted rock star, seem an unlikely duo for a parallel biography. Merton was an orphan, who became a worldclass writer while living alone in the Trappist Order in rural Kentucky. Dylan, a Jewish rocker folk singer/song writer who converted to Christianity, won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Despite the differences in their ages, and the fact that they never met, Hudson informs and enthralls readers by telling the Merton/Dylan stories.

This book is a profound meditation of apparent contradictions. Any adult interested in U.S. history and culture, religion, philosophy, art, literature, or music will enjoy this well-written and very readable book.

—John Bernstein