The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (Paperback)
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The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (Paperback)

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A Sunday Times bestseller Longlisted for the Guardian first book award A Radio 4 Book of the Week This book is about learning to live. In simple stories of encounter between a psychoanalyst and his patients, The Examined Life reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099549031
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


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"I was enthralled... profound and moving, packed large ideas into a slim volume" -- Lucy Lethbridge * Observer Books of the Year *
"With deceptive simplicity and gentle wisdom, Grosz teases out a lesson or chases down a fugitive insight. I have distrusted psychoanalysis for years, but I would leap onto Grosz's couch" -- James McConnachie * The Sunday Times Books of the Year *
"This moving book of patient portraits by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz will make the reader think of Freud's keenly observed and literary-minded case studies. Writing with sympathy and insight, Mr Grosz distils 25 years of work into a series of slim, piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks" -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times *
"The success of The Examined Life by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz has, I think, relatively little to do with his clinical know-how; it rests, as Freud's did, on his story-telling abilities" -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
"Grosz is a superb storyteller and tells lots of his patients' stories with sensitivity, but also with great acuity. You might keep thinking you recognise things about people you know" -- William Leith * Evening Standard *

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“A light read, therefore slightly lacking in depth”

I wasn't expecting The Examined Life to be such an accessible and light read. It almost felt like a novel in some places; then you realise you're having a peek at someone's life and can't help but... More

Paperback edition
13th January 2014
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“Interesting and easy to read”

The Examined Life draws up Grosz 25 years of experience as a psychoanalyst to offer a simple and interesting introduction to his subject using patient stories and histories to draw the reader in and highlight... More

Paperback edition
9th March 2014
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“Insightful and brilliant”

This is a wonderful book written by an obviously accomplished psychotherapist. Grosz takes us into the thought processes of himself and gives an insightful view into his patients lives, but more importantly; their... More

Paperback edition
12th February 2013
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