Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

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Random House, Inc.
A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl&;s life, and supplementary letters and speeches

Viktor E. Frankl&;s Man&;s Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust literature that has riveted generations of readers. Like Anne Frank&;s Diary of a Young Girl and Elie Wiesel&;s Night, Frankl&;s masterpiece is a timeless examination of life in the Nazi death camps. At the same time, Frankl&;s universal lessons for coping with suffering and finding one&;s purpose in life offer an unforgettable message for readers seeking solace and guidance. This young adult edition features the entirety of Frankl&;s Holocaust memoir and an abridged version of his writing on psychology, supplemented with photographs, a map of the concentration camps, a glossary of terms, a selection of Frankl&;s letters and speeches, and a timeline of his life and of important events in the Holocaust. These supplementary materials vividly bring Frankl&;s story to life, serving as valuable teaching and learning tools. A foreword by renowned novelist John Boyne provides a stirring testament to the lasting power of Frankl&;s moral vision.

Baker & Taylor
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist recounts his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp that led to the development of his existentialist approach to psychotherapy.

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"[This book] could be particularly resonant among adolescents struggling with issues of meaning and purpose in their lives, especially at a time when different forms of bullying (including cyber-bullying) are all too prevalent in schools, and hate speech and hate crimes targeting any number of groups are on the uptick.... With this new YA edition, making Frankl's work available to a younger audience, [these] lessons become part of the legacy from one generation to another." —Psychotherapy Networker

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press [2017]
Edition: Young readers edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780807067994
Branch Call Number: 616.8914 F854m
Characteristics: xvii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Boyne, John 1971-
Winslade, William J.


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Jul 23, 2019

Psychologist who lived through WWII in prisoned in several concentration camps and loses all his family. He has exceptional insight, understanding and positive attitude some of which is detailed in this book. If you ponder the "Meaning of Life", this book will definitely help you gain understanding.

Aug 30, 2015

This book has 2 parts. The first details Frankl’s personal experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. We all know, in general terms, what went on there but hearing what a single individual had to endure daily is truly mind-boggling.

The second part of the book describes the principles and techniques of Logotherapy. Logotherapy is based on the assumption that man’s greatest need is for meaning in his life, not pleasure as Freud believed or power as Alfred Adler taught. Frankl, a psychiatrist, had already formulated the basics of his Logotherapy ideas but the experience in the camps provided rich research material for him.

The book is written in simple straight-forward language and is easy to read.

I was somehow disappointed by the book. I read it because I repeatedly encountered references to it in my other reading and on the radio. These references created rather high expectations which were not fully met. This is probably because I found no earth-shatteringly new concepts. I already knew that what man seeks is meaning and satisfaction, not pleasure. Perhaps I knew this because of Frankl’s work and vast following – the concepts have permeated our awareness.

The book is certainly worth reading for its insights but I wouldn’t rank it as one of the greatest books of all time.


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