Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

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A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl's life, and supplementary letters and speeches

Viktor E. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust literature that has riveted generations of readers. Like Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl and Elie Wiesel's Night , Frankl's masterpiece is a timeless examination of life in the Nazi death camps. At the same time, Frankl's universal lessons for coping with suffering and finding one's purpose in life offer an unforgettable message for readers seeking solace and guidance. This young adult edition features the entirety of Frankl's Holocaust memoir and an abridged version of his writing on psychology, supplemented with photographs, a map of the concentration camps, a glossary of terms, a selection of Frankl's letters and speeches, and a timeline of his life and of important events in the Holocaust. These supplementary materials vividly bring Frankl's story to life, serving as valuable teaching and learning tools. A foreword by renowned novelist John Boyne provides a stirring testament to the lasting power of Frankl's moral vision.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
Edition: Young readers edition.
ISBN: 9780807067994
0807067997
Branch Call Number: YA 150.1957 FRANKL V
Characteristics: xvii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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jessegabriel
Nov 10, 2020

Quite possibly my favourite book at the moment, if not for sure in the top 3 (I know favourite books are always subject to change!). It's a book that I will buy, and that I will be re-reading every now and then - it's at that level of transcendence.

Frankl revisits his horrific experiences faced in the Nazi concentration camps, which lead up to the big idea of his book; meaning. Specifically, what he observed among the men in the camps, and what they held onto as meaning in their life. The second part of the book summarizes "logotherapy" which Frankl himself founded as a psychological method to helping people discover meaning in their lives.

I found the answers to the meaning of life to be clear after reading the book. It may seem like a daunting process only achieved through long years of struggle and deep philosophical thought, though nay, he explains it in one sentence (lookout for what he explains as the "three sources of meaning"), though I'm not saying your perception of what meaning implies won't develop as you get older.

If you read this book, don't just "read" it, write about it afterwards, and truly think about its implications and what gives you meaning in life. This book will transform you, but only if you're reading it because of a desire, unexplainable or not. Don't read this to look like a smart-a ss, or to seem "philosophical and edgy," you're wasting your time if you do. Actually take something away from this book - don't worry, it's short.

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BiblioKateB
Sep 14, 2020

I revisit this work every few years and every time I do, I find new wisdom to take away. Viktor Frankl's words are a reminder of the absolute necessity of hope and the resilience of the human spirit.

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peacebenow
Jul 23, 2019

Psychologist who lived through WWII in prisoned in several concentration camps and loses all his family. He has exceptional insight, understanding and positive attitude some of which is detailed in this book. If you ponder the "Meaning of Life", this book will definitely help you gain understanding.

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ghreads
Aug 30, 2015

This book has 2 parts. The first details Frankl’s personal experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. We all know, in general terms, what went on there but hearing what a single individual had to endure daily is truly mind-boggling.

The second part of the book describes the principles and techniques of Logotherapy. Logotherapy is based on the assumption that man’s greatest need is for meaning in his life, not pleasure as Freud believed or power as Alfred Adler taught. Frankl, a psychiatrist, had already formulated the basics of his Logotherapy ideas but the experience in the camps provided rich research material for him.

The book is written in simple straight-forward language and is easy to read.

I was somehow disappointed by the book. I read it because I repeatedly encountered references to it in my other reading and on the radio. These references created rather high expectations which were not fully met. This is probably because I found no earth-shatteringly new concepts. I already knew that what man seeks is meaning and satisfaction, not pleasure. Perhaps I knew this because of Frankl’s work and vast following – the concepts have permeated our awareness.

The book is certainly worth reading for its insights but I wouldn’t rank it as one of the greatest books of all time.

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