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Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by [Daniel Klein]
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From Publishers Weekly

Following a trip to his dentist, 73-year-old Klein considers his options after being advised that he needs tooth implants or a denture. Klein (Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar) opts for a sojourn to the Greek island of Hydra. Accompanied by a suitcase crammed with philosophy books, Klein contemplates the Greek philosopher Epicurus' pivotal question. He fundamentally wanted to know how to make the most of his one life, writes Klein. Eschewing the forever young treadmill many American's embrace, Klein explores a different path, examining the relaxed Greek lifestyle surrounding him. He laments what's lost in the frantic rush to stay youthful: And we have no time left for a calm and reflective appreciation of our twilight years, no deliciously long afternoons sitting with friends or listening to music or musing about the story of our lives. The author ruminates on the benefits of freeing ourselves from the prison of everyday affairs; the pleasures of companionship in old age; battling boredom; the difference between sexual urges and sexual nostalgia; and the value of facing death blissfully. Along the way, Klein touches on the ideas of Bertrand Russell, Erik Erikson, Aristotle, and William James. Klein's narrative is a delightful and spirited conversation, offering up the ingredients inherent to the art of living well in old age. Agent: Julia Lord. (Nov.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Klein (Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, 2008, among others) returned to the Greek island of Hydra at age 73. His return had a new and specific purpose: “I want to figure out the most satisfying way to live this stage of my life.” Prior experience with the island led to conclude that the “old folks of Hydra have always struck me as uncommonly content with their stage in life.” But just observing and absorbing what the people had to show and tell him didn’t seem like quite enough. To augment his on-site learning, he took with him a stack of philosophy books by ancient Greeks as well as some modern writers. It’s an interesting formula, resulting in a lovely little book with both heart and punch, an argument against the “forever young” syndrome so prevalent in contemporary American society. His contemplative time spent observing the old men of Hydra while reading his small library of the great thinkers led him to an “evolving philosophy of a good and authentic old age.” --Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN : B0087GJ208
  • Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication date : October 30, 2012
  • Language : English
  • File size : 849 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 180 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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