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A message of hope,
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This review is from: Solitude (Flamingo) (Paperback)
As society increasingly places emphasis on the values of relationships, and often judges people on what seems to be their inability to have one, the importance of a book that encourages people to be at peace with their solitude cannot be underestimated. Storr draws from the experiences of people like Gibbon, Kafka, and Wittgenstein to show that there is nothing wrong with living your life alone, but he is at his most illuminating when outlining how normal people can, through experiences in their childhood, acquire the self-reliance necessary to be emotionally independent and self-sufficient. The chapter on how a young child learns to be "alone in the presence of the mother" will doubtless strike a chord with many readers, and probably help them understand some of their own experiences.