The Happy Life by David Malouf
The Search for Contentment in the Modern World

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...might not ring true for the many cheery astrophysicists or macroeconomists of the world, but it certainly would have made George Mason, well, happy.
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By Australia’s greatest contemporary author, an elegant, succinct meditation on what makes for a happy life. ;-)

“Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous,” says David Malouf. But what exactly are we looking for when we chase happiness? At this particular moment in history, privileged, industrialized nations have lessened much of what makes us unhappy: widespread poverty, illness, famine. Yet we are still unfulfilled, turning increasingly to yoga, church, Match.com, drugs, clinical therapy and retail therapy. What is at the root of our collective stress, and how can we find our way to contentment?
 
Drawing on mythology, philosophy, art and literature, Malouf traces our conception of happiness throughout history, distilling centuries of thought into a lucid narrative. He discusses the creation myths of ancient Greece and the philosophical schools of Athens, analyzes Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary declaration that “the pursuit of happiness” is a right, explores the celebration of sensual delight in Rembrandt and Rubens and offers a perceptive take on a modern society growing larger and more impersonal.
 
With wisdom and insight, Malouf investigates that simplest, most spontaneous of feelings and urges us to do the same.

 

About David Malouf

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David Malouf is the author of eleven novels, as well as bountiful collections of stories, poetry and opera libretti. He has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Prix Femina Étranger and the Australia-Asia Literary Award; he has also been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Australia.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Pantheon. 113 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by R Jay Magill Jr on Jan 25 2013

...might not ring true for the many cheery astrophysicists or macroeconomists of the world, but it certainly would have made George Mason, well, happy.

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Reviewed by James Rose on Jan 08 2013

Mr. Malouf’s The Happy Life makes a valuable foray into the complex depths of a deeply misunderstood and somewhat abused concept.

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