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The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom
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Feb 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: ala-2012
Read from February 21 to 25, 2012 — I own a copy

This book was excellent--educational, entertaining, and tightly-constructed. My only regret is that it was not longer. I didn't know it was possible to enjoy a book about philosophy, history, and Nazism so much. I wish the Jewish women hiding in the ceiling of the Spinoza museum would be tied in more, since it was referred to in the introduction and there were so few women in this story. I think a writer as highly-skilled as Yalom could have easily worked it in, but that's really my only complaint. I particularly liked the foils created for these two highly isolated figures. I wish I knew Frederich, and I appreciated Franco's willingness to disagree with Spinoza and create a dialogue, not just pontification.

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