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Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work - and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some 20 years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured - miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - and is himself a philosophical counselor in training. 

Philip's dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.

©2005 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Alexander J. Turner
  • 07-21-18

Terrible narration

The voice and the way this was read was really awful and sounds like a robot. What a shame that the brilliant Irvin Yalom has been destroyed by this.

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  • stardotstar
  • 09-06-18

An outstanding achievement

The difficulty of combining detailed, thoroughly emotive narrative with the kind of insight into philosophy and group therapy is impossible to estimate.
There is great sensitivity here to the real struggle we all face to find ourselves in an integrated, congruent life of the mind and shared experience.
As someone familiar with much of the philosophical content but completely ignorant of the world of group therapy I found this book both a revelation and refreshing consolidation in a well written, well narrated format.
Tremendous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-18

Fantastic!

So sad that it finished! simply loved the book! The narrative is engaging. Very diverse characters, each one playing an important role in the story. The paralel story of Schopenhauer's life make us love and hate him. Food to think!