Travels With Epicurus

Travels With Epicurus

A Journey to A Greek Island in Search of A Fulfilled Life

Book - 2012
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One of the bestselling authors of Plato and a Platypus travels to Greece with a suitcase full of philosophy books, seeking the best way to achieve a fulfilling old age Daniel Klein journeys to the Greek island Hydra to discover the secrets of aging happily. Drawing on the lives of his Greek friends, as well as philosophers ranging from Epicurus to Sartre, Klein learns to appreciate old age as a distinct and extraordinarily valuable stage of life. He uncovers simple pleasures that are uniquely available late in life, as well as headier 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 led by a droll philosopher. A perfect gift book for the holidays, this little treasure is sure to please longtime fans of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and garner new ones, young and old
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2012.
ISBN: 9780143121930
Branch Call Number: 187 EPI KLE
Characteristics: x, 164 pages ;,19 cm


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Sep 29, 2018

Mr. Klein wrote this small book (only 160 pages, and small pages at that) at age 73. He packed a lot of philosophy books and took a pilgrimage to a Greek island where he had lived in his youth. He wanted to figure out the best way to live this stage of his life.

He talks about the people who are “forever young,” trying to stay healthy and fit and young as long as possible. He thinks those people are missing the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the part of old age before “old old age.” He points out that they will go directly from being active and striving to do more and see more, to being debilitated and broken. (What a dreary thought!)

As he observes the old men in his village, spending hours in a café talking and watching the scene change in front of them, he thinks they have the right idea. He thinks we should all enjoy our lives (even if some choices are not totally healthy). He wonders if the forever youngster’s scrupulous health habits and self-deprivation will add years to his robust old age, or just prolong his old old age of merciless decay? “How many pleasures am I willing to forgo, never to enjoy again, in the name of longevity?”

In a way, this book covers similar ground to Natural Causes: an Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, by Barbara Ehrenreich. But Travels With Epicurus is much more pleasant and thoughtful.

ChristchurchLib Apr 08, 2013

April 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter

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