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on October 20, 2015
There's a good reason this little book has stayed in print since the end of WWII. It's a gem once you get past the dire observations in the concentration camp . I skipped the whole concentration camp section the first time and went back to read a few pages at a sitting until I could detach from the horrors and appreciate Frankl's uncanny ability to endure such atrocities and use them in the e to render his insights utterly profound. Doesn't get any better than this IMHO. A good way to spend a quiet week end.
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on July 22, 2006
I had been meaning for several years to read this seminal work but had two reservations in doing so: first, with images of the Holocaust already seared in my mind from films and documentaries, I was hesitant to read what I assumed would be even more graphic descriptions of life in a concentration camp; second, even accepting that Frankl's first-person narrative of life in the camps is important both in historical and moral terms, I had planned to read Part I and dispense with the section describing Logotherapy, believing it would be too inaccessible to the lay person.

I was absolutely wrong on both counts.

As one trained in probing the psyche, it is understandable that Frankl's account of Auschwitz and Dachau would focus on prisoners' mindsets and reactions to the extreme multiple pressures that they faced. It was surprising, however, to see the degree to which he refrained from employing more vivid descriptions of the state of human anatomy, rank brutality, personal weakness, etc. This is especially interesting given the fact that Frankl set down his thoughts not in hindsight, but initially while still impounded. By emphasizing the actions and reactions of the camps' internees while describing the despicable acts of their captors in the most basic terms, Frankl actually produces an even more gripping and insightful narrative.

Having completed Part I, I moved immediately to Part II on Logotherapy, anxious to see how Frankl would construct a new framework of professional analysis based on the numbing, near-shattering environment that he had survived. Eventually I found that I had been informally using some aspects of Logotherapy in reviewing the course of my own life from time to time and that his three-part framework for living - discerning meaning in productivity, meaning in relations with others and striving for a consistent sense of dignity when experiencing unavoidable suffering - resonated loudly in me. Frankl connects the dots between his camp experiences and observations and the development and implementation of Logotherapy quite well, with very limited jargon, and with a stark conclusion.

I hesitated before embracing this work. Don't.
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on June 6, 2015
Viktor Frankl's book essentially includes two works: his story from Nazi concentration camp and his philosophy he dubbed "Logotherapy". His story of life in concentration camp speaks for itself. Logotherapy, on the other hand, is an interesting school of thought. Logotherapy in this book is not deeply investigated but if you want more you can try Frankl's other book 'The Will to Meaning'. In a nutshell, Frankl said that it is our duty to find meaning in life. The meaning can change from moment to moment so it need not necessarily be a grand or life-long meaning. Just right now, what can do you? He encourages others to identify things they can do, such as create something (produce something that was not present before you made it), take something (absorb something from others), and finally adjust your attitude. The adjustment of your attitude is the last thing you have control over once everything else has been taken from you, according to Frankl.
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on April 7, 2017
Having a tough day? Poor thing. Tsk, tsk, tsk. You must read this book and it will definitely "notch-up" your gratitude. Thank you Viktor Frankl for all you have done.
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on May 11, 2015
Not quite finished reading this book but find it immensely interesting.

"Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love." While I hear Frankl speaking to the romantic love shared with his wife, does this not hold true for every relation of the human?
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on July 19, 2017
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on March 24, 2017
nice condition. thanks
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on April 2, 2017
Great book
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on May 3, 2017
Started reading, very enjoyable
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VINE VOICEon October 31, 2005
First of all, this book is definitely worth reading, the first part where the author talks about his experience in the concentration camps - how any of our small issues are nothing compared to what has already happened in this world and how mankind has been able to overcome it all.

The second part where he talks about logotherapy - gets our brains to work. The idea behind this book is that, when man has lost everything, there is still something they can pursue in their mind, there is still something which he they can look forward to.

Coming from his own experience in the concentration camps, there was something he was looking for, even when he had lost everything in life and there was nothing else to look forward other than to be gassed. He also motivated his comrades to look for something - to search for a meaning in life and to isolate their minds from the external happenings.

As a general read, it is worth reading, it gets us thinking in new lines.

But is it applicable to give new hope to people ? Can it motivate a terminally ill cancer patient to look for something ?

What would have Lance Armstrong have to say about logotherapy ? I think Lance would have acknowledged it - having recovered from cancer to become a champion again. Again it is all about finding new meaning/new hopes to continue and sustain life, even in the brink of hopelessness.
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