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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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it was amazing
bookshelves: classics

This book was just... wow. This book is about Viktor Frankl's journey through the concentration camps of WWII. He survived, but his entire family including his pregnant wife had all died. In the second section of the book, Frankl explains his theory of logotherapy and how it was confirmed through his professional experience as well as in the camps.

I started reading it as an English assignment so we were only supposed to read the first section - the section on Viktor Frankl's time in the concentration camps. Once I finished the first part though, I couldn't stop reading. It's not a chronological, story kind of book. It's more like he'll note certain notable events and then explain his psychological analysis and possibly another memory to go with it.

This is truly a deep book. Definitely not for the lighthearted reader but engrossing all the same. I'd recommend this book to someone who wants to deep their understanding of themselves and to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. Though the writing may seem a bit rambley, I guarantee you every word is important. Stick with it! If you're looking for a fast and easy read, this isn't for you.

Overall, five star book!
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Quotes Laura Liked

Viktor E. Frankl
“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl
“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl
“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Reading Progress

October 31, 2013 – Started Reading
October 31, 2013 – Shelved
November 5, 2013 –
page 23
13.94% "This book makes me want to cry the story is so devastating."
November 9, 2013 –
page 67
40.61% "Reading both this and Night at once for English is proving difficult..."
November 13, 2013 –
page 80
December 12, 2013 –
page 100
December 12, 2013 – Finished Reading
March 16, 2014 – Shelved as: classics

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