A fascinating view into the Roman Catholic religious order of enclosed monastics, the Carthusians. Founded by Saint Bruno in 1084 when he left Rome disgusted with the corruption and evil he found there in the Roman Catholic Church. The order uses the Grenoble rite from the 12th century, and in almost all things has been unchanged from 1084 to just after Vatican II in 1965. The author is married to an ex-Carthusian monk, and it is his story and the story of 4 other young men who were in the last generation of monks to enter the ancient world of the Carthusians prior to the 1965 changes. The story reads in many ways like a mystery. You are introduced to each of the young men, and you know that in the end only one of them will remain a monk. Which young man will it be? I found myself writing down the names of each of the men as they were introduced, then writing their monk names next to that to keep track of what happened to each brother and if I could figure out which one would be the next to go. An excellent visual companion to this book is the DVD, "Into Great Silence", which is a documentary of the Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. To see what is written about in the book is a delight.