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''Grosz's vignettes are so brilliantly put together that they read like pieces of bare, illuminating fiction... utterly captivating.'' --Sunday Times

''Marvellous. After reading [Grosz's] absorbing accounts of his patients' journeys you might feel that The Examined Life ought to be given out free at birth.'' --The Times

''Crystal-clear and completely magical. The Examined Life is a book full of troubles, but also of wonders.'' --Mail on Sunday

''Engaging, frank, and with many penetrating insights. His short, succinct chapters have both the tension and the satisfaction of miniature detective or mystery stories.'' --The Spectator

''By turns edifying and moving. Grosz offers astute insights into the perplexities of everyday life.'' --Financial Times

''This book conveys the nuanced complexities of psychoanalysis in deceptively simple human stories. It is written with generosity toward both its subjects and its readers, with authentic wit, and with flashes of profound insight. The novelistic charm of its case histories makes it impossible to put down, but while you may read it for entertainment, it will leave you wiser about humanity than you were when you picked it up.'' --Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree

''Drawing from two decades of experience as a working psychoanalyst, Grosz bases the bulk of his claims on the tales of his patients . . . They are compassionately told and eminently readable . . . The crucial role of storytelling in forming one's sense of self and of the world seems to be a given among psychoanalysts and writers, but Grosz goes further to demonstrate the ways in which stories, when unspoken, manifest themselves as symptoms of psychological distress.'' --Publishers Weekly

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This book is about learning to live. In simple stories of encounter between a psychoanalyst and his patients, The Examined Life reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393349322
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (3 January 2013)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKBEHMG
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  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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