Travels with Epicurus: Meditations from a Greek Island on the Pleasures of Old Age (Paperback)
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Travels with Epicurus: Meditations from a Greek Island on the Pleasures of Old Age (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 01/05/2014
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Daniel Klein dips a toe in the life affirming waters of the Aegean to discover the secret of growing old gracefully. With the aid of Epicurus and a community of octogenarians on the island of Hydra, this delightful book will make you look at ageing in an entirely new light.

Our society worships at the fountain of youth. Each year, we try to delay the arrival of old age, using everything at our disposal, from extreme exercise and botox to pilates and cosmetic dentistry. But in the process, are we missing out on a distinct and extraordinarily valuable stage of life?

Asking whether it is better to be forever young or to grin toothlessly and live an authentic old age, bestselling author Daniel Klein journeys to the Greek island of Hydra. There he draws on the lives of octogenarian Greek locals, as well as philosophers ranging from Epicurus to Sartre, to discover the secrets of ageing happily.

An escapist travel memoir, a droll meditation, and an optimistic guide to living well, this is a delightful jaunt through the terrain of old age, led by a witty and uniquely perceptive modern-day sage.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780744124
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'It's an affectionate portrait of the island [of Hydra] but is really a primer on making the most of life' - The Daily Telegraph

'I was bowled over by its easy charm and hard-won wisdom.' - The Daily Mail

'Charming and intelligent. I enjoyed this book very much.' - Diana Athill

'Wry, whimsical, amusing and intelligent.' - The Daily Telegraph

'An insightful meditation.' - The New York Times

'Both seduces and delights.' - The Scotsman

'Funny and wry.' - Huffington Post

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“Interesting book”

This book is a mix of philosophy and travel memoir. This was the first book I'd seen recently on the idea of contented old age, and how that could be more of a philosophical issue than physical. It was very... More

Paperback edition
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“Interesting and reflective read”

This is a little gem of a book whether you're approaching old age or, like myself, at an earlier stage in life. The details about the Greek way of life paint beautiful scenes upon which to attach the philosophy,... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 51

“Interesting and reflective read”

This is a little gem of a book whether you're approaching old age or, like myself, at an earlier stage in life. The details about the Greek way of life paint beautiful scenes upon which to attach the philosophy,... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 38

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