- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Rider; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844132390
- ISBN-13: 978-1844132393
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (535 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust Paperback – 6 May 2004
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"Remarkable...It changed my life and became a part of all that I live and all that I teach." (Susan Jeffers, author of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty)
"A poignant testimony...a hymn to the phoenix rising in each of us who choose life before flight." (Brian Keenan, author of An Evil Cradling)
"His works are essential reading for those who seek to understand the human condition." (Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks)
"An enduring work of survival literature." (New York Times)
"If you read but one book this year, Dr Frankl's book should be that one." (Los Angeles Times)
Man's Search For Meaning is undoubtedly one of the seminal pieces of literature to emerge from World War 2: a moving account of Viktor Frankl's experiences in Auschwitz and what we can learn from them. Now in its 74th edition, it has been translated into at least 24 languages and sold over 9 million copies worldwide.See all Product Description
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The above quoted phrase is from Nietzsche, but don't jump to conclusions: Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) certainly does not share his philosophical ideas. Frankl merely chose one of Nietzsche's phrases as a way to crystallize his own ideas: that is, that the most important force in a person's life is his will to meaning. In a way, this book shows how Frankl reached that conclusion.
The first part of "Man's search for meaning" deals with the author's experiences in a concentration camp, and the lessons he draw from that torturous experience. Frankl said that those that survived had one thing in common, a purpose, and that "everything can be taken from man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way no matter the circumstance".
In the second part of this book, Frankl explains logotheraphy, the theory of psychotherapy he developed. According to the author, logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as on a person's search for such meaning, and the consequent purpose. Frankl says that "The meaning of life always changes, but... it never ceases to be", and that we really find ourselves when we find it, or at least our own personal version of it.Read more ›
The first half is harrowing. The account of his time in Auschwitz and Dachau. The second half is about logotherapy. On a few pages he tells a few stories that you will remember for your whole life. By a simple change in perspective he shows how the most brutal and dehumanising experiences can be reinterpreted.
The humour comes in the statement of the theory of 'paradoxical intention'. He tells the story of a man who had a terrible stutter. Never in his life had this young man been free from the problem of stuttering, except on one occasion. This was when he jumped on a bus without buying a ticket. He resolved that the only way to escape was to enlist the sympathy of the conductor by demonstrating that he was a poor stuttering boy. At the moment, when he tried to stutter, he was unable to do so. Without meaning to, he had practised paradoxical intention.
This is an amazing book. I feel it has clarified in my mind ideas I have been yearning to understand for many years.
With fortuity and strength, he survived to live and make his ordeal count and therein lies the greatness of this ordinary human being. This short book is a legacy that he has left behind for many generations to savour and enrich themselves. That somebody can go through so much of pain and suffering and yet emerge out of it to find meaning in it and go on to live a full life indeed is a display of the strength of human character and spirit in all its resplendent glory.
I read this book at a time when there is widespread apprehension and anxiety over the economic crisis. And yet this book depicts that man has proved that he is capable of taking much worse crisis into his stride and triumphantly defy it.
This book is thought provoking and appeals to our sensitivities - it is a must read for every human being. Else all the pain and suffering of those who lived and died in the concentration camps will be in vain.
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I bought this book for my Dad who has great knowledge and interest in WW2 and he found it fascinating.Published 6 days ago by Miss H Gordon
Probably the best book I've ever read by an extremely inspiring, intelligent and dignified man. This should be on everyone's bookshelf and at every school.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Unimaginable pain and suffering managed with a strength of mind and character that sets an example for all. Tragic and inspiring.Published 11 days ago by Gav
A great book - I have bought a few copies of this as I like to gift it to peoplePublished 13 days ago by Mr H20
This book, apart from a book of faith such as the Bible, is the best book I've ever read. It was given to me by my Uncle after my Mother passed away suddenly & young. Read morePublished 15 days ago by BOB
I learnt a lot from this book but it was hard to keep focused. I'll read it again some time.Published 16 days ago by Shakar Elahi
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