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This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life Hardcover – 7 May 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown Book Group; 1 edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068222
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Think of it as "The Last Lecture "for intellectuals." "Time""

"David Foster Wallace's unbelievable graduation speech...will inspire you." Daily Candy"

"We read Wallace because he forces us to think. He makes us consider what's beneath us and around us--like water." Alicia J. Rouverol, The Christian Science Monitor"

"Think of it as The Last Lecture for intellectuals." Time"

"None of the cloudlessly sane and true things he had to say about life in 2005 are any less sane or true today...[This is Water] reminds us of [Wallace's] strength and goodness and decency--the parts of him the terrible master [the mind] could never defeat, and never will." Tom Bissel, New York Times Book Review"

"Striking...is [Wallace's] evocative insight and humor." Mark Follman, Mother Jones"

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David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

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Anything which inspires us to direct our thoughts away from materialism, academic achievement and other socially programmed ideas about the way to find compassion and happiness in our lives has to be a good thing. This would make a wonderful gift to a young person who is just graduating, or has reached some other milestone. It awakens us to thinking outside the box -the preprogrammed self-centred thought patterns of which we are usually completely unaware. Short, precise, intelligent, amusing and thought provoking.
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You will be able to read this little book in an hour or two, but such is its power, its message will hang around in your mind for weeks, months or maybe longer. Beautiful and haunting. A wise author who has left a gem of a book for the curious reader to dip into, again and again.
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Okay, you can find this book entirely on the internet, but the feel of the paper, the (small) size of the book, the typeface... the whole way it's presented make it worth every £, $, euro or whatever currency you're using.
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This book is a transcription of a commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005 and is freely available on the internet. Go to Youtube and type in "This is Water David Foster Wallace" and you can hear him give the speech, all 22 minutes 47 seconds of it and I urge you to do this as it is a wonderful speech. He talks of the real value of education, not in academic qualifications or material rewards but in teaching you awareness, that you have a choice in the way you see the everyday, that you have to fight against the default settings of your mind to see the beautiful in the everyday. In his words, "this is the freedom of education: you get to choose what has meaning and what doesn't". "This is Water" is a wonderful speech by a wonderful man; this book however seems to be shameless profiteering from his estate.
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By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2016
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Never having previously encountered any of this author's books, I bought this as a Christmas present for my daughter and read it myself a couple of days ago. It's a very short, precise piece of advice on living compassionately, the concomitant difficulties in feeling empathy ("Think about it: There is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute center of”), and a briskly-constructed argument about "deciding to worship [...] some sort of god or spiritual-type being [because] pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive". Although it only takes about half-an-hour to read, there's plenty to ponder here. Recommended.
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This book is a transcription of a commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005 and is freely available on the internet. Go to Youtube and type in "This is Water David Foster Wallace" and you can hear him give the speech, all 22 minutes 47 seconds of it and I urge you to do this as it is a wonderful speech. He talks of the real value of education, not in academic qualifications or material rewards but in teaching you awareness, that you have a choice in the way you see the everyday, that you have to fight against the default settings of your mind to see the beautiful in the everyday. In his words, "this is the freedom of education: you get to choose what has meaning and what doesn't". "This is Water" is a wonderful speech by a wonderful man; this book however seems to be shameless profiteering from his estate.
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