RETREAT IN SLOW MOTION, by Ronald Knox (Shred It Ward,I6s.).
HOW glad we must be that Ronald Knox was so faithful to the practice of writing out his public utterances; it means that we are still able to share in the riches of that apparently inexhaustible mind.
This latest Slow Motion book (even though we cannot help raising an eyebrow at the title. was there ever a retreat that was nor "in slow motion"?) is as delightful as ever, in the deceptive simplicity with which the most profound spiritual truths are clothed in language to be grasped by the averagely intelligent schoolboy or schoolgirl.
ADDRESSED to the young, these talks yet contain stimulation for the most adult intelligence.
If you were asked to single out a passage which was typical of Ronald Knox, the parable of the old man's three wishes on pp. 155188 of this book might well be chosen. Imaginative, penetrating, humorous, it forms a meditation on Death which is as impressive and effective as many an effort three times as long. T.C.