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The Best Things in Life Paperback – August 12, 1984
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"Any reader sitting down to persue these dialogues . . . [will] find himself roused, amused, entertained and instructed. Peter Kreeft does what all great teachers do: he returns us, again and again and again, to what T. S. Eliot called 'the permanent things.' " (Thomas Howard)
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Highly recommended for young readers.
That is just the beginning; the names are all puns in the book, as we have seen from our two main protagonists(Peter and Felicia). The puns continue through all the professors and personalities encountered. The president of Desperate State University is "Fudge Factor" and is as inept as his name implies. We also meet "Marigold Measurer", the scientist who is addicted to data but without really understanding its purpose or use. Felicia has some mentors in her life - "Pop Syke" who is the guru of pop psychology, and "Karl", the communist who is brother to "Adam", the Capitalist.
Having read a number of Kreeft's other books, this one was a bit of a letdown. The puns with the names got to be so trying and tiring that it was hard to finish the book. The same information could have been conveyed in conventional prose, with half the words. The dialogue grew boring and irritating. I just wanted the meat from this book and had to go through a lot of bone and grist to get to it.
The book has a lot to offer in the examination of why someone does what he does, and to help one live a more examined life. But the book often does it in a very long, roundabout way.
I never like to give a book a bad review, and often go back and read a book a second time before I will do so. This book, though hard to get through the first time, was more than worth it the second time.Read more ›
The premise of the book is contained in its title: What are "the best things in life?" The modern mind is exposed as one that is so introspective that it is oblivious to the workings of logic, reason, and basic self-understanding. Thus an irony is exposed, namely the inclination toward the self-delusional of the "me" generations.
Socrates' famous dictum: "the unexamined life isn't worth living," is the central tenet of the book. Two people closely evaluate their lives and realize that everything may not be as it seems.
The hopeful effect this will have on a reader is for he or she to turn and examine his or her own life. The book makes some interesting points, and is a "lighter" read than some of Kreeft's theological and philosophical treatises.
All in all, I like the book.
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this book breaks down the modern view of reality. Though Kreeft uses Socrates as his mouthpiece to anounce a message of idealism, this still helps break down some of the main... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia A Benicourt
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Excellent book. Should be in everybody's library.Published 9 months ago by K. A. Bailey
An update of the Socratic dialogue with modern propositions and dilemmas. It provides the reader with good thinking and
the opportunity to do your own.
I have a hard time writing reviews for books such as this. I've said this in another Kreeft review: if you like Kreeft, you'll like this. If you don't know him, try reading him. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by skyewalker
I like the logic that surrounds Socrates arguments. Another thing I like is how eye opening it is and how Socrates is refuting a big problem in our current day and age. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Bob
'The Best Things In Life' is a very entertaining and educational book by Peter Kreeft.
In this volume, the author has Socrates come to a modern day American college... Read more
Bought this book for my son for school and it is exactly as promised. It was reasonable priced and shipping was quick.Published on December 27, 2013 by Daniel Killmer