Book Review: Man’s Search For Meaning (#10/30)

Title: Man’s Search For Meaning

Author: Viktor E. Frankl

Published By: Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Release Date: First published in 1946. Latest copy published in 2004

Genre: Psychology

Format: Paperback

Length: 154 pages

If you read but one book this year, Dr. Frankl’s book should be that one.”- Los Angeles Times

One of the most outstanding classics to emerge from the Holocaust, Man’s Search for Meaning is Vikto Frankl’s story of his struggle for survival in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. Today, this remarkable tribute to hope offers an avenue to finding greater meaning and purpose in our own lives.

Review

This book definitely has to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read in my life. I briefly heard about it on a psychology course I was taking a while back and decided to read.

This seemingly small piece right here of just about 154 pages, took me about a full month to consume and digest because it is loaded with wisdom and soul-shaking truths. I could not get enough of it and when I was done, let’s just say I had to read two fictional books back to back to recover from the brain work.

In this book, Victor Frankl tells the story of his struggle for survival in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. Frankl recants his horrendous experience in concentration camps for three years.

By so doing, he explores the concept of Logotherapy and presents ideal elements of this essential school of psychology from his experience, which culminates in the idea that man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives.

I would say this book is not a “read in one-sitting” kind of book. A lot of brain work goes into understanding the ideals and elements that the author presents and expresses. I do appreciate the use of english and the author’s simple style of writing that enables the reader focus on his/her imagination rather than the difficulty in style of writing….seeing as this book was first published in German in 1946!

I appreciate the central theme of the book and the positivity associated with it generally and thought it was an absolutely great read in all! (Maybe because I love psychology so much…if you’re not so much as interested in psychology or history, then this might be a bore to you…just saying)

Verdict

I would definitely give this read a biased 8.5/10! Loved it!

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