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The Philosopher’s Beach Book invites you to relax and think; to wiggle your toes in the sand and reflect on the meaning of life.
Have you ever stretched out on a holiday beach or taken a gentle stroll in the evening, musing on your life ‘back home’ – your family and friends, your work, your values – and wondered if it all makes sense? You may go on holiday to see something new, but it also offers a different perspective on the familiar.
This book invites you to ask questions, to explore the assumptions of everyday life and to challenge your own values. From the distance of your (literal or metaphorical) beach, it recommends that you give life a gentle, intellectual prod.
But you do not need to be on the sand under a palm tree. You can equally hit the ‘beach’ over coffee at home, or on the train after a day at work, simply by relaxing, picking up the book and opening you mind. Your 'beach' can be anywhere - an exotic holiday destination, a quiet corner of the garden, a familiar local walk, or perhaps just a favourite armchair.
Thirty five short chapters...
Each reflects on a question; most existential, some more general.
Some are related to holidays; why we take them and what we take on them. Others look at what we take for granted and suggest that we look again.
From an Amazon review...
'While I like most section 35, on death ('Who Were You?'), there are serious challenges throughout this book. Questions of meaning, consciousness and fairness all crop up, and do a good job of giving the reader plenty to think about. And that is where the joy of this resides. You only need a few pages, before you'll want to sip a drink, cast your eye over your chosen holiday destination - and think over what Thompson has had to say.. '
You don't need to be on a beach to read this book! It simply provides you with an opportunity to stand back, look at life and ask some fundamental questions.
I hope you enjoy it!