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Lightweight read does not live up to promise of title,
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This review is from: The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (Hardcover)
Case studies and biographical accounts can be rich reading experiences but this compendium of short selections was very disappointing. The accounts are too short and the anonymised characterisations too generic to amount to much beyond a series of anecdotes. Searching analysis and interpretation is not what you will find here. The sections hardly amount to 'examined lives' and this is an easy and undemanding (also superficial and unsatisfying) read for the most part.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2014 22:24:06 GMT
Helen Barnes says:
Try Irving Yalom if you found this disappointing
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2014 00:40:59 GMT
Geoffrey E. Hart says:
Yes I did try Irvin Yalom on the strength of your recommendation, I'm halfway through and thoroughly enjoying it. The only point I'd make is that some of his patients and remarkable little insight when he started with them, but then again I'm 66 and I've had mummy and daddy issues - though no therapy so I am enjoying his work
Posted on 25 Feb 2014 00:59:33 GMT
joan bakewell says:
I entirely agree with your review-Im more than half way through and feeling increasingly frustrated-ok Ive had the horsd'oeuvre, wheres the main? And a quick flick through to the end and I can see he doesnt attempt any further depth-as you say a collection of anecdotes, that wet your appetite and then are truncuated-often only two or three pages long with very widely spaced type.
To be honest Im at a loss to understand his motivation for publishing-Its not like he offers much in the way of insight, advice or conclusion - sometimes it seems like he is just 'offloading' and at a couple of points it felt uncomfortably like a kind of revenge.
Methinks the therapist could do with some self analysis.
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