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The Denial of Death Paperback – May 8, 1997
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New York Times Book Review ...a brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure...
Albuquerque Journal Book Review ...to read it is to know the delight inherent in the unfolding of a mind grasping at new possibilities and forming a new synthesis. The Denial of Death is a great book -- one of the few great books of the 20th or any other century.
The Chicago Sun-Times It is hard to overestimate the importance of this book; Becker succeeds brilliantly in what he sets out to do, and the effort was necessary.
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Becker states at the outset the problem in our day is not that there isn't enough knowledge, the problem is that there isn't enough integration of this knowledge into a kind of wisdom that would properly summarize the accumulated knowledge. At the outset he acknowledges the difficulty in claiming that there is one direct insight into what causes (almost) all of the neuroses of life, which is the inability of people to see and overcome what I feel is the ultimate paradox of life, that we live and die at the same time. Yet in one book Becker succeeds so well it is astounding!
To summarize a summarizing book is difficult indeed! Basically what Becker claims is that man has twin but conflicting ontological needs/motives - to individuate and yet at the same time to feel a part of something greater. Man is a paradox in many other ways. Unlike other animals inside he (I will omit she to keep it simple) is largely symbolic - in his mind he can imagine the farthest mysteries of the universe, he can philosophize about the deepest meanings of life and its purpose. Yet like other animals man is anal (discussed extensively!) and possesses a body that is only too mortal.Read more ›
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I hesitate to review this book on the grounds that it is one of a kind. Not popular with some understandably, but absolutely a must read! Personally, it's now one of my favoritesPublished 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Good read if you've lost something or someone lately. Makes things easierPublished 6 days ago by Ashley Zick
Not for the unwilling to face reality - or work at understanding - but highly rewarding for those who do - u'll face death wi9th more dignity!Published 1 month ago by ralph desmarais
This book is sometimes very rewarding, but I have found it pretty brutal to get through. I've started this book from the beginning 3-4 times in the last 7 years, and I've made it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Pierce
Of interest to those who still have faith in the psychoanalytic model. Anticipating and dealing with our own death is an important issue for all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James E. Kreisle