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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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Jul 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-memoirs, ww2, non-fiction, psychology

I absolutely love this book. I already read it several times and I am sure that I will read it many times more.
I read very few bad critics on this book and some of them weren't happy because of the very dry tone of the book. but this is exactly why I like it so much. It isn't just an emotional description of the horrors of a concentration camp but an analysis of it.
Viktor Frankl, who was a psychiatrist, manages very well to write about his experience in a detached way and offer an explanation to the human behavior and feelings in that situation.
It goes through the three stages of a concentration camp prisoner: initial shock, getting into the routine and liberation. For all three stages he has a lot of examples from his own experience in Auschwitz and Dachau.
And at the end of the book he adds a brief introduction to logotherapy that was developed by him.
I will not say the book changed my life or made me see things differently, but it sure does make one think and brings some great ideas on life.

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