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Time and the Art of Living Paperback – September 15, 1997
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Robert Grudin thinks that our subjective sense of time is largely determined by the degree and quality of attention we pay to our memories and our sense of the future. (It is a mark of the unhappy that they are trapped in the present without a larger sense of connection to the enduring self.) And he argues persuasively that the successful and the fulfilled become so because of the control they exercise over this subjective temporal embodiment. At its best, Time and the Art of Living is a profound book with lyrically beautiful prose. --Richard Farr
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It's more thinking about time, or our experience of time, than you'd think is possible, unless you'd bothered to fight through Heidegger.
The value of the book is its creative thought about life. This book will make you think about your life. If you're thoughtful, you'll disagree with some of the author's opinions, but there's some gold in here. I give it five stars for stimulating valuable thoughts, five stars for content (despite some flaws), and five stars for the genre: we need more intelligent, thoughtful books about living well.
In my recently published career guide for people facing job loss, "The Gift of Job Loss", I recommend Grudin's book as an absolute must-read. Time is our most precious asset in life. We don't know how much we will have of it before we pass on. Grudin helps you and me optimize our time.
A pleasurable read.
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A brilliant book. I've been reading and rereading it regularly since 1998. Inspirational, insightful; incredible thinking; poetic-written prose.Published 6 months ago by Greg Godek, author of "1001 Ways to be Romantic"
One of my favorites—I gift a copy to all my friends. Timeless wisdom.Published 6 months ago by Lynn
Thoughtful book by a very intelligent man. Opened up a myriad of ideas and references to pursue more.Published 12 months ago by Georgia Madden
I have given many copies of this book to friends. It is truely a treasure and worth rereading every few years. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Fergus
I didn't know that thinkers of his class still existed. This is a sterling collection of meditations on life's essentials.Published on October 10, 2008 by Steven A. Smith