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The Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future

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The story of a search for a new art of living. How can one escape from work colleagues who are bores and from organisations that thrive on stress? What new priorities can people give to their private lives? When the romantic ideal is disappointing, how else can affections be cultivated? If only a few can become rich, what substitute is there for dropping out? If religions

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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published May 21st 2015 by MacLehose Press (first published October 8th 2014)
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Suha
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
To me, reading this book was like having a long long conversation with someone you love in the middle of the night about all the crazy curious questions you might have… a deep rich conversation…
So, this book represents 28 essays each titled by a question about a certain thing of which I’ll mention the ones I liked: what is a wasted life? How can a religion change? Why do so many people feel unappreciated, unloved and only half alive? What is the point of working so hard? What is worth knowing? a
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skyozlem
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
sanki yeni bir arkadaşım olmuş, hiç bilmediğim kitaplar okuyup hiç duymadığım kültürlerle tanışmış, hiç dinlemediğim hikayeler öğrenmiş bana anlatıyormuş gibi, uzun bir sohbet gibi, nefis bir kitap,
Yaprak
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öyle bir solukta okunacak bir kitap değil. 2017 yılının Ekim ayında başladığım kitabı, 2018 Haziran ayında bitirdim. :) Hayata, geçmişe dair birçok şey barındıran dolu dolu bir kitap.
Ferda Nihat Koksoy
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
-Gerçeği söylemek her zaman daha insani ve heyecan vericidir

-Fakirlik sadece para sahibi olmamak değil, aynı zamanda insanının kendine ait hikayelerinin olmamasıdır

-Merak, bedensel arzular kadar güçlü ve inatçı bir arzu yaratabilir.

-Varoluşun kalitesini her geçen gün daha fazla belirler hale gelen samimi kişisel ilişkilerden doğan sonuçları keşfetmeyi seviyorum.

-Tarih bilmediğimiz diyarlara kapılar açan bir dizi anahtardır, özgürlüktür.

-Kartvizit, statü reklamı ve kişinin kendisinden daha fazla
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Virditas
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. Zeldin is an engineer of optimism, change, and openness. If this book were required reading for everyone, we would live in a very different world. This is a human book about human scaled possibilities. Please read this.
Domenico Fina
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I pensieri privati sono tra le più importanti risorse dell'umanità, e contengono l'essenza delle sue esperienze".

(4 stelle per il coraggio). Zeldin si prodiga, con svariati esempi di vite di uomini illustri conosciuti o sconosciuti, per sostenere "che sia possibile scoprire qualcosa di nuovo ogni volta che due essere umani si incontrano in situazioni, stati d'animo, conversazioni o momenti di sfida che rivelano una diversa voce o una diversa maschera". Le domande sono ambiziosissime, 28 domande
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Hande Çakır
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Bu kitap, damak tatlarımızı zenginleştirmek adına bir girişimdir; başkalarının zevklerini, fikirlerini, deneyim ve umutlarını keşfetmeyi de kapsar." Sf. 389
Zeldin ile tanışmaktan ve kitabı vasıtasıyla sohbet etmekten çok büyuk keyif aldım. Soru başlıklarından oluşan bölümlerin amacının sorulara cevap vermek yerine sorular üzerine yaşamış insanlar vasıtasıyla bir nevi 'beyin fırtınası' yapmak olması bir okur olarak kitaptan aldığım keyfi artırdı. Hiç düsünmediğim şeyler üzerine düşünmemi, hiç ta
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Nedim Kaya
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: perfect, favorites
one of the most impressive books I've read lately.
the book says "try to see all the colors in the world"
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Tuncay Özdemir
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who seeks for meaning in life
Recommended to Tuncay by: Ferda Nihat Koksoy
İlgi çekici 28 soruya cevap arar nitelikte bir kitap. Özellikle “cevap arar” nitelikte diyorum çünkü Zeldin,”Yoksul zengine ne söyleyebilir?”, “İnanmayan biri inananı nasıl anlayabilir?”, “Bir lider olmaktan daha ilgi çekici olan nedir?” ya da “İnsan bir otelde başka ne yapabilir?” gibi sorulara dair görüşlerini anlatırken daha çok bir arayışı ve ona dair olanları anlatıyor, kesin cevaplardan özellikle kaçınıyor. Bu arayış daha önceden hiç düşünmediğiniz ya da farkına varmadığınız durumları anla ...more
GÜRSEL SOYBIR
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BİLGİÇ okuduğu kitaplardan başka bir şey konuşamayandır.

HEBA EDİLMİŞ BİR YAŞAM yalnızca kendine hitap eder, kendi endişelerine odaklanır. Her hayat bir deneydir. Bir hayatın keşfettikleri üzerine asla kafa yorulmadıysa, paylaşılmadıysa, başkalarına kıyasla nasıl göründüğüne kayıtsız kalındıysa, heba edilmiş demektir.

DÜNYA, herbirimiz ne gördüğümüzü söylediğimizde ortaya çıkan şeydir.

DÜŞÜNCELER kendi haline bırakıldığında öksüz ve topal kalır.

"BEN KİMİM" peşinde koşarak vakit kaybedemem. "SEN
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Dennis Leth
I started my journey with Theodore Zeldin reading his book Conversations. It sparkled something in me. A curiosity on conversations and the nature of these. As I am working with predicting the future I see narratives as an important ingredient in my search for knowledges. This book gave me a lot of more perspectives. On narratives and the reasons for searching for knowledges.

Let me be frank. Knowledges is nothing without any form of relation. I knew that before reading this book. But after readi
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Wedma
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Theodore Zeldin, geboren 1933, hat viele Jahre in Oxford Geschichte gelehrt. Als Autor hat er sich unter anderem mit Eine intime Geschichte der Menschheit einen Namen gemacht. Die britische Zeitung The Independent setzte ihn auf die Liste jener weltweit vierzig Menschen, deren Ideen das 21. Jahrhundert nachhaltig beeinflussen werden. Zeldin ist Kommandeur der französischen Ehrenlegion, Mitglied der British Academy und der Royal Society of Literature. Er lebt mit seiner Frau, der Linguistin und ...more
Sebastian Beltrán
This book is a collection of 28 essays, each posing a question that "most of us leave half-answered in the back of our minds", such as "What is a wasted life?", "How many ways of committing suicide are there?" or "What else can one do in a hotel?". Theodore Zeldin uses these themes as a vantage point from which he starts an argument. He manages to write a book that doesn't feel like a lecture and monologue but more like an intimate and lengthy conversation with a good friend over the dinner tabl ...more
Geoffrey Fox
"One is only nominally alive if one is incapable of giving birth to thoughts one had never had before and of being inspired by what others think." (p. 394)
Theodore Zeldin tries to sum up in this book what he thinks he has learned from his eight decades of conversations, some literal and direct face-to-face, others virtual in his very wide readings. Here he signals individuals from many times and places, from China and India to Sweden and (his special interest) France, and from earliest pagan ti
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Neglectedbooks
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Building on his 1998 book, Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives and his Conversation Menu project, Zeldin offers 29 essays in which he discusses questions ranging from "What is the great adventure of our time?" and "What is a wasted life?" to "What is the point of working so hard?" and "What is worth knowing?"

In most, he starts by introducing a person-- sometimes someone famous from the past (the painter Lucian Freud, the poet and novelist Rabindranath Tagore), sometimes someone from the
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Oskars Kaulēns
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-ever
totāli brīnišķīgas atbildes uz tikpat brīnišķīgiem dzīves jautājumiem. par sarunām cilvēku starpā kā dzīves pašu svarīgāko norisi.
Sara
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo non è un libro bensì un'esperienza.
Ho completato la lettura delle sue pagine ma è talmente ricco e vivo, che ripercorrerò volentieri alcuni dei passaggi sottolineati, appuntati o commentati da me a bordo pagina, nel tempo. Perché sento che sono degli importanti insegnamenti di vita, oltre che spunti per scrivere la mia.
In altre parole lo adoro.
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Lisa
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some wonderful ideas, things to contemplate, especially about being more open to other people's ideas, disagreements, contradictions. I am even more inclined to get out and meet new people, talk to them about what they've experienced, what they've learnt.... ...more
Zabetta Camilleri
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding
Tony Fitzpatrick
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A set of 27 "conversations" with the author, using role models and figures from history to illustrate different approaches to behaviour, lifestyle and beliefs. Interesting but in the end rather frustrating as Professor Zeldin (Wolfson Prize, CBE, Oxford Fellow) reaches few conclusions you can easily take away. Maybe that was the point.

A few nuggets which made me think, especially about the author's rather ambivalent approach to religion. - "I shall not ask you what your religion is. I prefer to
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Joana
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
What I liked most about this book is how it is less centered in the western hemisphere than most non-fiction books I read. The author takes the lives of interesting people from around the globe and from very distant centuries to illustrate the issues he deals with in each chapter. Therefore there were a few people I'd never heard of that had incredible influence in their culture and that I was interested in learning about. I also enjoyed the way the author put some issues into a perspective I ha ...more
Javi
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading books can be a difficult mission as there's inherently a lot less suspense / mystery / drive in it compared to the first read. Reading non-fiction can also be tricky, but mainly just because I love a good story and drama and characters and poetic narrative shit etc etc etc. Put the two together (i.e. re-reading non-fiction), and it'll take me three weeks to read 400 measly pages... Eeek.

That said, this was definitely the right time to revisit this book. I first read 'The Hidden Pleas
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Asma
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeldin's tone in The Hidden Pleasures is very soothing. There is a certain meticulousness in the questions he asks and explores. He weaves in stories and statistics that are both relevant and enjoyable. It is deeply philosophical that I agreed with what he said, and disagreed with others. The one thing I found lacking while reading the book though, is a definitive stance from Zeldin on these questions. He kind of left it for the readers to decide, and while that's not bad, I was curious to know ...more
Duygu Sevimli Çeltik
Cevabını hep merak ettiğimiz sorulara değiniyor ancak net bir cevap vermiyor elbette. “Heba edilmiş bir yaşam nedir?” Sorusuna kesinlik içeren bir cevap nasıl verilebilir ki. Bana kazandırdığı bakış açılarının, “bende mi bir tuhaflık var” dediğim yalnız kalmış düşüncelerimin altını çizişinin kıymetine paha biçilemez. En sevdiğim bölümler “yoksul zengine ne söyleyebilir?” “Neden bu kadar çok insan değer görmediğini, sevilmediğini ve yalnızca yarı canlı olduğunu düşünüyor?” “Bu kadar çok çalışmanı ...more
na na
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fastinating
Truly a profound book. Found myself noting whole sentences and paragraphs.
It introduced me to fascinating characters in history who I'd never heard which resulted in me sourcing more information on them.

I loved this book! Granted I sort of idolise Theodore Zeldin, as his books always make me think differently, he certainly won't be to everyone's taste.

I'd liken the book to a 'chef's dining experience'; you don't know what you're being served up at each chapter....that you'd never thought of a
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Suzanne
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is an enriching experience. Zeldin draws on his exploration of cultures and texts, many from the Orient and ancient, to distill knowledge and wisdom, frequently providing new perspectives on items as diverse as IKEA and American hotels. Particularly interesting to me were his reflections on knowledge, rendered vivid by his analogy with food:"knowledge, like food, tastes and looks different depending on who cooks it and how it is served and what meals the diner has eaten before. ...more
Emre Arslan
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bu kitabın türünü felsefe ve/veya kişisel gelişim diye sınırlandırmanın bir önemi oldugunu düşünmüyorum. kitap yazarın sohbeti şeklinde akıp gidiyor. samimiyeti ve içtenliğiyle düşüncelerini ortaya koyuyor. Zeldin in asıl seviğim özelliği tarihi kullanma biçimi. insanlığın tarihinden, daha çok kendisinden, yüksek verim alıyor. adeta bir mutfak şefi gibi sunuyor. ayrıca kendisinin filozof ve/veya tarihçi olmadıgını net bir şekilde ifade ediyor. bunu biliyoruz. bu kitabıyla da kendisi geri bildiri ...more
Abdurrahman Turk
Kitapta Theodore Zeldin, okura hayatın anlamını farklı bir pencereden sunmaya çalışıyor. Verdiği örnekler ilgi çekici. Doğu ve batıdan tanıdığınız ya da tanımadığınız birçok insan hakkında bilgiler sunuyor ve size biraz daha farklı bir açıdan bakmanızı sağlatıyor.

Bu kitabı yeni okumalar yapmanıza olanak sağlacak bir referans kitabı olarak da düşünebilirsiniz. Akıcı ve kolay anlaşılır bir dille yazılmış. Okumanızı öneririm.
Maide Karzaoğlu
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Çok tatlı bir kitap. Karantina Pazar günü’sü, televizyonda Karayip Korsanları var ama ses kısık, en sevdiğim magnoliadan sipariş vermiş epey kaşıklamışım, telefon çalmıyor, mailler tek tük, kaloriferin kenarındaki poanga kıvrılmışım... İşte böyle bir ortamda oturup karşılıklı sohbet ediyoruz. Herkesin review’ü gibi oldu ama gerçekten de öyle. Sonra aldım yatak odasına koydum, arada elimin altında olsun iki üç sayfa okuyup kenara bırakayım...
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Theodore Zeldin CBE, President of the Oxford Muse Foundation, is a Palestinean philosopher, sociologist, historian, writer and public speaker. Zeldin was first known as a historian of France but is today probably most famous internationally as the author of An Intimate History of Humanity (1994), a book which probes the personal preoccupations of people in many different civilisations, both in the ...more

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