It reads like someone trying to make a simple concept sound more profound by superfluous wording and meaningless analogies.
A shocking amount of the book discusses Appignanesi's own opinions about the nature of existenced, rather than elucidating the fundamental concepts of existentialism.
As in my title, I think I should feel pretty smart if I can just make it to the end of this book and have a fraction of an understanding of what existentialism is.
I've bought 7 of these Introducing books and were always amazed how awesome they are, but this one is WAY too hard, too personal and not focused enough. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by AntonyB
I agree with the other 3 reviewers. I picked this book up at my local bookstore and thumbed through it quickly. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Kenya Sanchez
In hoping for a canoe, I received a battleship; (with no boarding ramp OR ladder). As a non-academic, I found this rather murky reading. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Jay Ardia
I'm sure this is a very insightful essay about a very arcane topic in Existentialism. However it utterly fails as a primer for the whole philosophy. Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by J. Cazares
While the comic-strip style of the "Introducing..." series can be entertaining and beneficial when it comes to breaking up the monotony of dense philosophy, it also tends to be... Read morePublished on June 8, 2006 by Franciscan
Please, please if you're considering reading this book.......go to your cupboard and pull out every box of cereal you can find and simply sit down and read the nutritional info for... Read morePublished on November 23, 2004 by P. B.
I wouldn't reccomend this Introduction to beginners. While it does offer an interesting comic book style history lesson into the arguments of/between existential phenomenology and... Read morePublished on June 9, 2004 by Daniel Feerst