The Schopenhauer Cure
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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 twenty 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. Philips 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.
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I have read almost all Yalom's books ... They are all great, but this one is one of my favorites. Once again Yalom shows us how to create a caracter with in a very accurate way, it almost seem that we can "see" and understand the caracter way of thinking and acting. I higly recomend the reading of this book and it is almost certain that you will be interested in reading others Yalom's books ...
As a grad student who reads A LOT I've learned to catalogue books assigned between all-pagers, half-pager, few-chaps or intro-only. This is definitely an all-pager! The stories are intertwined graciously and they flow in a way that grips you and makes you not want to stop reading.
With every book I read by Yalom, I feel inspired and forever changed. His expert blending of philosophy and psychotherapy contained within a compelling plot is enough to catalyze greater self awareness and healing all the while being thoroughly engrossed in a complex engaging plot and characters that you wish you could meet.