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This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life Hardcover – 7 May 2009


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown Book Group; 1 edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068222
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Foster Wallace wrote the acclaimed novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes the essay collections Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and the full-length work Everything and More. He died in 2008.

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"Striking...is [Wallace's] evocative insight and humor." Mark Follman, "Mother Jones""

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David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Barefield on 8 Jun. 2010
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Anything which inspires us to direct our thoughts away from materialism, academic achievement and other socially programmed ideas about the way to find compassion and happiness in our lives has to be a good thing. This would make a wonderful gift to a young person who is just graduating, or has reached some other milestone. It awakens us to thinking outside the box -the preprogrammed self-centred thought patterns of which we are usually completely unaware. Short, precise, intelligent, amusing and thought provoking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Red Mosquito on 29 Dec. 2011
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Okay, you can find this book entirely on the internet, but the feel of the paper, the (small) size of the book, the typeface... the whole way it's presented make it worth every £, $, euro or whatever currency you're using.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Scott on 6 Jun. 2012
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You will be able to read this little book in an hour or two, but such is its power, its message will hang around in your mind for weeks, months or maybe longer. Beautiful and haunting. A wise author who has left a gem of a book for the curious reader to dip into, again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 2012
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This book is a transcription of a commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005 and is freely available on the internet. Go to Youtube and type in "This is Water David Foster Wallace" and you can hear him give the speech, all 22 minutes 47 seconds of it and I urge you to do this as it is a wonderful speech. He talks of the real value of education, not in academic qualifications or material rewards but in teaching you awareness, that you have a choice in the way you see the everyday, that you have to fight against the default settings of your mind to see the beautiful in the everyday. In his words, "this is the freedom of education: you get to choose what has meaning and what doesn't". "This is Water" is a wonderful speech by a wonderful man; this book however seems to be shameless profiteering from his estate.
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Simple but insightful. A very good gift for any young person graduating from school or university.
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