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The Denial of Death | [Ernest Becker]

The Denial of Death

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

©1973 Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure." (New York Times Book Review)
"Ranks among the truly important books of the year. Professor Becker writes with power and brilliant insight." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Adan 02-26-13
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    "An amazing read for objective readers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Denial of Death the most enjoyable?

    The narator, the capacity to elect the narator's speed of voice on the cell phone app., the amazing content of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The FACTS!!!!


    What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

    Tone of voice, clearity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The best book I have ever read!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Bright 01-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Somewhat disappointing"

    I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but this was not it, unfortunately. I was there with the author through his explanations of humanity's quest to live forever, but was less interested as he went on to delve into Freud's theories on love, sex, and fetishism. Finally, when the author gave credence to Freud's view that homosexuality is a character flaw and a disease, I lost all respect.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Think B4 Eating Tallahassee, FL 02-21-06
    Think B4 Eating Tallahassee, FL 02-21-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Bored to Death"

    While perhaps timely in its day, Becker's attempt at answering "why" left me asking, "Why did I buy this book?" Esoteric and uninspired, Becker loses his audience in the first 30 minutes, where he discusses not his subject but himself - at great length. Readers would do better to leave this fossil in the navel-gazing '70's and instead read the classics of the genre, those which Becker proudly boasts he ignores.

    18 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    C hermitage, TN, United States 12-14-11
    C hermitage, TN, United States 12-14-11
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    "Hate Raymond Todd's voice so much, I can't listen"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can I get my money back because I can't stand the narrator?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Raymond Todd?

    I don't know. anyone.. sorry, I just couldn't take it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cdiane 07-18-13
    Cdiane 07-18-13
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    "This is why psychotherapy is irrelevant now"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Becker and/or Raymond Todd?

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    Has The Denial of Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    Could you see The Denial of Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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    Any additional comments?

    It is an interesting trip into another time of rigid arrogant templates for human misery, temporary or permanent. I was amazed at exactly how rigid and how accepted and lauded Freud's theories are. That is the only thing that kept me listening to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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