2015-01 Book Club

What: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

When: 14 January, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional ;))

Where: Bistro Lochergut (tram 2+3 ’Lochergut’)

I got this book also from a list of a 100 books to read in your lifetime. The last one “Life after Life”, I took down, after finishing it on my own and not enjoying it very much. However this books sounds different. I started the first couple pages and there were already points in the introduction, which I enjoyed that made me put the book on this list to discuss with the club :).

Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia: Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. The book intends to answer the question “How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?” Part One constitutes Frankl’s analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, while Part Two introduces his ideas of meaning and his theory called logotherapy.

According to a survey conducted by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress, Man’s Search For Meaning belongs to a list of “the ten most influential books in the United States.” At the time of the author’s death in 1997, the book had sold over 10 million copies and had been translated into 24 languages

First suggested: May 2014

Supporter(s): Nadya, Richie, Nela


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