The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World (BOK)

David Malouf

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In "The Happy Life" David Malouf addresses one of the most fundamental questions of all: what makes for a happy life? In an age where our bookshelves are full of self-help volumes and tales of perfect romantic love, his discussion is particularly relevant. He asks why, when so many of the essential 'unhappinesses' - premature death, famine, plague, material poverty - have largely disappeared in the developed world, does happiness continue to elude us? With elegance and insight, David Malouf finds new and old ways to talk about contentment and the self. He returns to the wisdom of the classics, and discusses how, thanks to Thomas Jefferson, happiness became a 'right'; in a dialogue on Rubens and Rembrandt he explores the sensual happiness of the flesh; he covers the difficulties of the modern world's obsession with consumption; and, finally the consolation and sympathy provided by art and literature. In luminous prose, with ideas to savour and reflect upon, Malouf distills millennia of thought and philosophy in "The Happy Life" into a fascinating and tangible argument.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter David Malouf
Forlag
CHATTO & WINDUS
ISBN 9780701187118
Antall sider 112 Dimensjoner 11,6cm x 18,3cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 158 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary essays