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The Almost Moon Paperback – 3 Oct 2008
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Sebold writes brilliantly . . . The Almost Moon is a mature, salutary and timely novel. (Helen Dunmore The Times)
Exhilarating, unforgettable . . . This is a remarkable novel in which every word is vital, each nuance felt . . . Candid, gut-wrenching, at times horribly funny and often beautifully touching . . . The genius which guides The Almost Moon is its absolute, horrible, multiple truths; its staggering clarity. (Irish Times)
As moving as it is unquestionably gripping. (Observer)
`A gripping, disturbing, authentic tale, this is one that will keep you reading until late into the night'
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I was suddenly forced to confront a reality I did not expect - my search for understanding has begun.
Whilst I do not share all of Julian's views, his analysis is sound - if you believe that contemporary science and our understanding of the human condition is complete.
But it is not... There are eons to unfold which will influence future understanding and beliefs.
Nevertheless, I am glad I have read what he has to say - it has forced me to evaluate and reflect. My journey continues...
The final sentence he offers demonstrates his integrity.
Please!... Leave the reading of it to the end. That way, it may resonate.
Baggini does't try and lead you into a way of thinking about life and its purpose. He simply (but thoroughly) offers the reader all of the possible reasons we can live a meaningful life.
I have read this book many many times. In fact I originally ordered the paperback but then later ordered it in hardback.
However it occurred to me that the author neglected to consider the meaning of life from an evolutionary point of view.
We are part of the natural world - an advanced mammal - so therefore the basic behavior of simpler species should be contrasted with us.
When we examine other animals, birds and fish etc. their aims are clear - survival and fundamentally reproduction.
Our thoughts and sense of self lead us to speculate on a whole range of loftier purposes for our lives. Despite this we are basically little different from other forms of life in our key motivators.
So in effect, I would suggest that to reproduce is the purpose in life coded in our DNA. So perhaps, at an instinctive level, having offspring is what makes all organisms most happy and complete.
Starting a family may be what it's all about.
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