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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (3 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300181841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300181845
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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'Peter Toohey is a wonderful scholar, whose work on classical literature both instructs and delights.' - Darian Leader

'Forget ennui: Peter Toohey makes the case that the simpler, everyday kind of boredom we all experience is far more important than the pretentious world-weariness of French philosophers. Being bored can be excruciating, but it can also spur people to the heights of creativity. Toohey succeeds in making boredom interesting.' - Dylan Evans, author of Emotion: The Science of Sentiment

'Who would have thought that boredom could be so stimulating?' - Michael Foley, author of The Age of Absurdity

"As for his engaging new book, Toohey needn't worry: Boredom, with its wise insights, is never boring."--Carmela Ciuraru, Boston Globe--Carmela Ciuraru "Boston Globe "

"There are plenty of fine things here to keep a receptive mind alert."--Alain de Botton, The Times--Alain de Botton"The Times" (04/02/2011)

"Few writers on boredom can match Peter Toohey when it comes to finding pleasure, excitement and even a perverse kind of glee in his subject."--Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Daily Telegraph--Robert Douglas-Fairhurst"The Daily Telegraph" (03/26/2011)

"Mr. Toohey presents his case with verve."--Elizabeth Lowry, Wall Street Journal--Elizabeth Lowry "Wall Street Journal "

..".quirky and contentious."--Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday--Stuart Kelly"Scotland on Sunday" (03/27/2011)

"Toohey has lots of exciting things to say about boredom."--Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday--Craig Brown"The Mail on Sunday" (04/03/2011)

"In Boredom: A Lively History Peter Toohey, a professor of classics, makes a strong case for boredom as a universal emotion, experienced by humans throughout history and throughout all cultures, with many practical and emotional benefits."--Ian Sansom, The Guardian--Ian Sansom"The Guardian" (04/23/2011)

About the Author

Peter Toohey is a professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary. His previous books include Melancholy, Love and Time: Boundaries of the Self in Ancient Literature. He lives in Calgary, Canada.

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