Fallen Leaves Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves

Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God

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Publisher Description

Praised as a “revelatory” book by The Wall Street Journal, this is the last and most personal work of Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant, discovered thirty-two years after his death.

The culmination of Will Durant’s sixty-plus years spent researching the philosophies, religions, arts, sciences, and civilizations from across the world, Fallen Leaves is the distilled wisdom of one of the world’s greatest minds, a man with a renowned talent for rendering the insights of the past accessible. Over the course of Durant’s career he received numerous letters from “curious readers who have challenged me to speak my mind on the timeless questions of human life and fate.” With Fallen Leaves, his final book, he at last accepted their challenge.

In twenty-two short chapters, Durant addresses everything from youth and old age to religion, morals, sex, war, politics, and art. Fallen Leaves is “a thought-provoking array of opinions” (Publishers Weekly), offering elegant prose, deep insights, and Durant’s revealing conclusions about the perennial problems and greatest joys we face as a species. In Durant’s singular voice, here is a message of insight for everyone who has ever sought meaning in life or the counsel of a learned friend while navigating life’s journey.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
9 December
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SIZE
3.8
MB

Customer Reviews

diogenethesinopian ,

not bad, but rather weak and overrated

Durant was an educated person, an historian of philosophy and even a poet. But he was no philosopher, and if we want to call him that, this work is mediocre compared to something like the Parerga by Schopenhauer. For example, the chapter about death is simplistic and it's not even an argument, but just simple claims. These things were written much more boldly, more brutally honest, more truthfully, and in FAR more detail by Schopenhauer. Durant describes the Will in very simplistic ways, and without understanding he's doing that.

Cicero and others like him did not merely make claims, they proceeded mercilessly and systematically with arguments. Durant doesn't do that, he just says stuff such as "Life wins.". Wins what? And why? That is what a real philosopher would explain. Actually his claims are self defeating, but I don't have the time and space here to explain why.

This is a good book for a younger person who doesn't know much. But it doesn't do much for the rest of us. Pulitzer prize? I am very surprised. Or maybe not, after all Oscars are given to overrated actors like De Niro and many others.

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