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4.0 out of 5 stars Musing on the meaning of life
Or rather how it is best "spent".

This is a good philosophical read, written in an engaging pace and style, the contents tell little about what each chapter is about but there is an excellent index and great bibliographical final chapter recommending reads from those which the author found most inspirational.

It is a straight shooting materialistic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning
I found the first half of this very useful, but felt that it became a bit, well, distracted as it went on. The second half feels like it's strung together from different sources, or essays on different people that all are interesting, but their stories don't always add to the overall project of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musing on the meaning of life, 25 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Distraction (Art of Living) (Paperback)
Or rather how it is best "spent".

This is a good philosophical read, written in an engaging pace and style, the contents tell little about what each chapter is about but there is an excellent index and great bibliographical final chapter recommending reads from those which the author found most inspirational.

It is a straight shooting materialistic and worldly philosophical read, written in full view of our mortality, treating it with finality and then asking what sort of choices and life should recommend itself.

The answers are supplied by selections from the great philosophers, in this sense the author is like many "second hand dealers in ideas" and it is not unlike how The Consolations of Philosophy or other books like it read. However the author does provide his own insights and unique material, the selection, deselection and arrangment of authors and topics is interesting in and off itself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes philosophical writing, it isnt exactly what I would describe as pop-philosophy, in the best chapters it is comparable to the philosophy for general readers books written by Bertrand Russell. For anyone who likes philosophical reads and is always on the look out for recommended reads it could be a useful both as reading material and for pointing up others like it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning, 18 Aug 2013
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I found the first half of this very useful, but felt that it became a bit, well, distracted as it went on. The second half feels like it's strung together from different sources, or essays on different people that all are interesting, but their stories don't always add to the overall project of the book.
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