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Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life

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Advice on achieving a fulfilling old age from one of the bestselling authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...

After being advised by his dentist to get tooth implants, Daniel Klein decides to stick with his dentures and instead use the money to make a trip to the Greek island Hydra and discover the secrets of aging happily. Drawing on the inspiring lives of his Greek friends and philosophers ranging from Epicurus to Sartre, Klein uncovers the simple pleasures that are available late in life, as well as the refined pleasures that only a mature mind can fully appreciate.

A travel book, a witty and accessible meditation, and an optimistic guide to living well, Travels with Epicurus is a delightful jaunt to the Aegean and through the terrain of old age that only a free spirit like Klein could lead.

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"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Daniel Klein is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including the bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . and the award-winning novel The History of Now. Klein holds a degree in philosophy from Harvard University and lives in Western Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143121930
Subtitle:
A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
Author:
Klein, Daniel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Travel-Greece and Greek Isles
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Aging
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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