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Adultery by Paulo Coelho
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it was amazing

Marriage and family are often regarded as the basis of society and a story about adultery often shows the conflict between social pressure and the individual struggle for happiness.
However the real crux of the story is enlivened I think with a reference to the dilemma of intimacy exemplified by an allegory about porcupines popularized by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: when the animals draw close in the cold for warmth, they prick each other, yet when they move apart, they shiver.
Schopenhauer, and later Sigmund Freud, have both used this allegory as a way to describe what they feel is the state of the individual in relation to others in society. The hedgehog's dilemma suggests that despite goodwill, human intimacy cannot occur without substantial mutual harm, and what results is cautious behavior and weak relationships.
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Reading Progress

September 13, 2016 – Shelved
September 13, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 15, 2017 – Started Reading
August 15, 2017 –
page 21
7.72%
August 16, 2017 –
page 47
17.28%
August 17, 2017 –
page 75
27.57%
August 18, 2017 –
page 115
42.28%
August 19, 2017 –
page 143
52.57%
August 20, 2017 –
page 211
77.57%
August 21, 2017 – Finished Reading

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