In my view the best book in the world. As important and weighty as the subject is, this is a page turner. Deeply distressing but uniquely uplifting. I listen to it at least once a year.
Though short, it offers a glimpse of both his experience in the camps and Logotherapy. It does not go deep in any of the two. It is what it is, a document. And as such, a piece of history of human kind. And, very well read.
It seems like Frankl left out details which could developed the story more so. The examination of Frankl's writing was understandably noted, he was living beyond surviving, physically. He recognized his need to create his own, sometimes fictitious meaning in the camps. We could all learn from this book as some complain of the silliest, minute details in everyday life.
Wonderful reading of a classic text that was required reading for me back in high school. Exceptionally relevant today in our throw-away culture in how we find meaning in our day to day existence
Meaning: just how important it is.
When he said that human love is the most important thing.
I have no answer for this weird question!
When he said that those with something to live for did not despair.
I had a very traumatic injury and was considering suicide when I was referred to this book. I'm alive and happy now.
road show junkie
Finding someone or something to live for gives one reason to WANT to have hope. I have to admit I was not prepared to like this book club reading, but I was so impressed, I listened TWICE already and will go back more. If Victor can survive the concentration camp experience and still go one to have a fulfilling life - who are we to contradict him?
The first half of the book which went into the psychology of the concentration camp - the taking away of humanity by feral humans. Some of the statements are deeply profound and well worth revisiting again and again.
Victor himself - a human being stepping outside his frail humanity with his belief in life itself to help himself and others without being condemningly brutal. He understands & explains why people act... as people... without being personally judgmental. I truly appreciate - is that the correct sentiment? - his observations. It gave me great notions to ponder.
Yes & no - you don't want top put it down but you need to think about what is being said before you should move forward.
I am grateful this was a selection for our book club - it's not something I would have picked up on my own, But I would have been the worse for having missed this truly great book.