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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689958
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A truly benign and valuable short book, that is rare in conveying the spirit as well as the thought of the ancient Greek philosophers, by celebrating the wisdom that emerges in old age.” - Mark Vernon, author of 42: Deep Thought on Life, the Universe and Everything

“Charming and intelligent. I enjoyed this book very much - and so do the several other oldies to whom I have lent it.”

--Diana Athill, author of Somewhere Towards the End

“Reading this book after a period of overwork and high stress, I was bowled over by its easy charm and hard-won wisdom. I shall be buying it in bulk as presents for my equally overburdened peers, and I suspect a few older people will enjoy it, too.” Daily Mail

“Should be a set-book for all over 60… a wry, whimsical, amusing and intelligent view of old age.” The Telegraph


“An insightful meditation” - The New York Times

“Funny and wry”

--Huffington Post

“Charming and accessible, this philosophical survey simply and accessibly makes academic philosophy relevant to ordinary human emotion.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Klein's narrative is a delightful and spirited conversation, offering up the ingredients inherent to the art of living well in old age.”

--Publishers Weekly

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'A truly benign and valuable short book, that is rare in conveying the spirit as well as the thought of the ancient Greek philosophers, by celebrating the wisdom that emerges in old age.'

(Mark Vernon)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lawrence A. Suss on 6 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was given a copy of this book, Travels with Epicurus, by my wife whilst we were holidaying on Samos this year, which is, by chance, the birthplace of Epicurus. So I had the perfect setting to read the book: warm Greek sun, ouzo and staying near the birthplace of Epicurus. I am a little younger than Daniel Klein but I am in the process of fully retiring (having partly retired in summer 2011).

This book proved to be delight: it focusses the mind on what it is to lead a good life and so, by extension, what it is to lead a good old age. It is a real easy read, especially for something about philosophy, and the writing style is a pleasure. Like some other reviewers, I could not put it down. It has helpd me to think about how I wish to spend my retired time without being to theoretical or heavy. Very well worth a read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Aug 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It's filled with Greek sunshine, it's not stupid, and it's a cheering meditation on old age and death. And it's short. It suffers a little from that annoying informality that so many American writers affect nowadays - you know the kind of thing, where they describe Nietzsche as "that nutty nihilist" and talk about "noodling" things out, but it's just about tolerable. I got it in the Kindle summer sale for 99p and at that price, it's definitely worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookaddict on 24 Nov 2012
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As someone who loves Hydra I was immediately engaged. A great read - I read it in two sittings since I couldnt put it down. It is thought provoking and also very amusing in parts. Very well written AND I have learned more about the various philosophers and philosophies than I knew before :-) Recommended reading for anyone heading towards 'old age'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. V. Rhodes on 8 Sep 2013
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The cover, of course, is evocative, and the book does make you want to visit Greece (again) as soon as possible. I'm smiling just thinking about the book, and enjoyed it so much that I'm resolved to follow Daniel Klein's philosophy of accepting advancing age gracefully. So what if one walks a little more slowly and that life is slowing down? There are plenty of gentle pleasures still: after a little light gardening it is delightful to sit and watch the butterflies, maybe sip a glass of wine, and feel lucky to be able to sit and read quite often without a scintilla of guilt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. L. H. Fagin on 24 Oct 2013
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I would highly recommend this book to any impending retiree or recent retiree. Could be life changing. Read it with care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dalton on 19 May 2014
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If you love Greece and you love a book in your hand, then this is for you. (Middle age helps too).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr C R Malcomson on 13 Dec 2013
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Klein writes well. He raises the questions that those of us getting older
want to think about and discuss. It is a delight to read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Evans on 2 Nov 2013
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It's worth the tiny outlay just to have a read of something so endearingly thoughtful, and life-enhancing in outlook.
buy It!
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