Travels with Epicurus
Avoid the Forever Young Brigade! Daniel KleinDecember 2018Another book I have just reread for the second time with a different focus from my first reading. Originally I was more interested in the “travel” aspect, but now my focus was much more on Epicurus, his philosophy, and the authors experiences in Greece seen through an Epicurean lens. Here is an early paragraph from the book:”I have returned to this Greek island on a personal quest: I am an old man myself nowâseventy-threeâand I want to figure out…
Carpe diem made simple I would have bought this book just for the cover, but ambling through its beautifully formatted – and written – pages I found myself in for a treat. Klein has an engaging wicker-armchair manner, leading his reader gently into the car-free paradise of Hydra, as it floats timelessly off the eastern Peloponnese. He stops now and then to smell the herbs, take in coastal vistas, think lovely thoughts, ruminate with long-dead thinkers and, above all, learn from the wizened locals. It’s a winning…
easy to read yet profound and helpful, for any age This is my book of the year. I wish I had read it earlier in my life, though I am young enough at 56 to benefit considerably. Easy to read, yet addressing the most serious of concerns meaning of life and old age it helps frame thoughts about how we think about our lives and the terrors e try to hide from, death and old age, providing insight and a framework as well as thoughts from the author augmented by other key philosophers to ground the exploration of the individual into these topics we…
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