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I ve always thought that as a writer, my first duty is to be curious about people Not a little curious, but doggedly quizzical until I get as close as possible to understanding how people think and why they act as they do, including myself But the observation and research skills I ve built over the years are nothing compared to those of Viktor E Frankl, author of Man s Search for Meaning.Even 23 years after his death, through his work, the Holocaust survivor continues to be one of the best ex I ve always thought that as a writer, my first duty is to be curious about people Not a little curious, but doggedly quizzical until I get as close as possible to understanding how people think and why they act as they do, including myself But the observation and research skills I ve built over the years are nothing compared to those of Viktor E Frankl, author of Man s Search for Meaning.Even 23 years after his death, through his work, the Holocaust survivor continues to be one of the best examples of a human wholly devoted to studying the inner workings of humankind Not because he wanted to write a bestseller, but instead because he believed helping people find their meaning in life allowed them to find happiness, which in turn leads to a better world.This book is fantastic and still relevant on so many levels, determining which to list first is a challenge And while the book could be simply described as a man telling how he survived three years in not one, but four WW II Nazi Germany concentration camps, including Auschwitz, that would be to excise the many surprising twists and turns.Twist 1The first is that Frankl was liberated in 1945 when the war ended After several months spent recuperating, he sat down and wrote the book in nine day in his native German The English translation of the title was From Death Camp to Existentialism New editions, along with the revised title, came out in 1959, 1962, 1984, 1992, and 2006 I read the last version, which was published nine years after Frankl died in Vienna.Twist 2Frankl didn t leave Germany as so many Holocaust survivors did Instead, he resettled in his hometown of Vienna where he spent the rest of his life until his death in 1997, by which time his book had sold 10 million copies and been translated into 24 languages.Consider reading the 2006 edition, which contains extra material, and in particular, these three key sections Frankl s preface to the 1992 edition, Experiences in a Concentration Camp, and Logotherapy in a Nutshell.Twist 3When Frankl was arrested, he was already a doctor of medicine who d chosen to specialize in psychiatry and was working on his doctorate in philosophy The first day he entered a concentration camp, he did so with a fully researched academic paper in his pocket.Though immediately stripped of the document, along with every piece of clothing, he found scraps of paper on which to jot notes and so set about rewriting the paper in his head The credited the task with giving him a sense of purpose so deep as to give him the strength to endure his hardship He even determined to build on his paper by including his observations of camp life The result is that even as he gives very intimate details of his first hand experience, he also includes a distant, clinical viewpoint, a combination that proves riveting When one examines the vast amount of material which has been amassed as the result of many prisoners observations and experiences, three phases of the inmate s mental reactions to camp life become apparent the period following his admission the period when he is well entrenched in camp routine and the period following his release and liberation As a writer, I appreciated his unsentimental observations of prisoners who fell into two groups those who found a meaning that helped them survive, and those who lacked meaning and perished.Again as a writer, I found myself making parallels to creating characters, whether fictional or not Specifically, it s a writer s job to find a meaning worthy enough to propel a character forward with enough strength to surmount one obstacle after another.Twist 4I had assumed Frankl s account of his time in the camp would be the main takeaway When I began the section Logotherapy in a Nutshell, I did so half heartedly In dry, clinical writing, Frankl explains the following is an attempt to answer readers questions about logotherapy, a technique that helps people find their meaning in life.Within two pages I found myself highlighting section after section as either aligning with what I ve discovered in life, or providing new insights I d never made before.Again reading through the dual prism of a human being and a writer, I ve gleaned ideas for being a better person and a better writer What a person finds meaningful in life can change over time according to her his circumstances.The struggles people endure should not be a source of embarrassment, but instead a badge of courage and source of pride at persevering even in dire circumstances.It s during those rugged periods that people are afforded the opportunity to realize their potential by making a conscious decision about how to act Will they be terrible to others, or helpful and kind Lastly, the goal in life should not be to attain notoriety through awards, but instead, those are simply the outcome of passionately pursuing what one feels is important.I ll be chewing on his lessons of positivity and purposeful living for a long time to come If you read the book, I d love to hear your thoughts It does not bear any scientific authority It is important to dismiss unfounded judgements the author makes As a reading it is still great. One of the most profound books of all times The Library of Congress called it one of the ten most influential books in America The New York Times pronounced it an enduring work of survival literatureIt is the rare book that I have read and finished it for the third time It leaves deep impact in making life really meaningful and turning life genuinely purposeful Above all, Viktor E Frankl recognizes suffering as an essential piece not only to that of human existence but also of the mean One of the most profound books of all times The Library of Congress called it one of the ten most influential books in America The New York Times pronounced it an enduring work of survival literatureIt is the rare book that I have read and finished it for the third time It leaves deep impact in making life really meaningful and turning life genuinely purposeful Above all, Viktor E Frankl recognizes suffering as an essential piece not only to that of human existence but also of the meaningful life, thus, suffering contains potential meaning in life.With utmost richness in its entirety, it s really a life changing book in any sense Read fhis if you want to know the meaning of life and suffering Everybody should resd this to begrateful for what they have. Its hard to pay tribute to this book by mere words Its fundamental and foundational.The first part is scary and unimaginable I literally got nightmares The details narrated are unbelievable and unfathomable.The second half is filled with lines of deep insight Each a revelation reading which you feel light, enlightened and wholesome If there is one learning that I will never forget in my life, it is Everything can be taken away from a man His clothes, his decorations, his food, his hair, Its hard to pay tribute to this book by mere words Its fundamental and foundational.The first part is scary and unimaginable I literally got nightmares The details narrated are unbelievable and unfathomable.The second half is filled with lines of deep insight Each a revelation reading which you feel light, enlightened and wholesome If there is one learning that I will never forget in my life, it is Everything can be taken away from a man His clothes, his decorations, his food, his hair, his boots, his belongings, his pride, his honour etc But what always remains with a man is the choice of attitude to respond This is truly a mans own, very own.This book shows us the very ends of the spectrum of human behaviour The one that built and administered gas chambers and the other that was selfless and caring even as victims inside the concentration camps.I salute the author and his companion s.I pledge to live a life of goodness A life filled with love and kindness One that believes the potential development of man and not mere extrapolation based on past I urge you to read this book Its original work Original ideas By an author who has experienced himself Man s search for meaning byViktor E Frankl How one can survive even in their worst time just in a ray of hope and for one meaning of living That s what the story is all about, one s survival and change one s perspective to find meaning to live by what the author calls is Logotherapy Logos in greek means meaning.It was really a fantastic read and yes, I can read this again and again, I know I haven t got all the wisdom that this gem has to share just in one time read but I have got to know Man s search for meaning byViktor E Frankl How one can survive even in their worst time just in a ray of hope and for one meaning of living That s what the story is all about, one s survival and change one s perspective to find meaning to live by what the author calls is Logotherapy Logos in greek means meaning.It was really a fantastic read and yes, I can read this again and again, I know I haven t got all the wisdom that this gem has to share just in one time read but I have got to know many things.I bet you won t become bored if you start reading it, and will develop an urge to re read it We haven t been through our worst time, there is hell outside our nutshell which is beyond our imagination and where no one wishes to go or be in the state of it ever.All I can say is, sometimes only one strong and genuine reason is sufficient enough to live and rest you can leave it to your fate, just never lose hope in any situation, time passes so do the situation.My two of my favorite quotes from the book is,1 He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How 2 What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you Note I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher.This is arefreshing book on the Holocaust, if such a thing can be said about that There s enough in part 1 to get the understanding of some events he went through without being overwhelmed by the atrocities Part 2 mostly makes me realize, eventhan I already do, that there are some genuinely good people in the world, much better people than I am It s inspiring Because this is a young adult edition, I read an abridg Note I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher.This is arefreshing book on the Holocaust, if such a thing can be said about that There s enough in part 1 to get the understanding of some events he went through without being overwhelmed by the atrocities Part 2 mostly makes me realize, eventhan I already do, that there are some genuinely good people in the world, much better people than I am It s inspiring Because this is a young adult edition, I read an abridged version of part 2, but it was still effective I wouldn t mind reading the full version also This is the new YA edition of this classic I read the original book a few years ago and liked it ok, so I wanted to skim through this one to see how it was adapted for young readers The section of the book detailing the author s time in the concentration camps was the same unabridged version as the original book, which I think was the best part of the original book However, and thankfully, the second half of the book talking about all the psychology and logotherapy was greatly abridged. This book has become for me number 1 as a book, which had a great impact on my thoughts and life I have read a lot of books as a university student as well as now And for me book that changed my attitude was rather a mystery for a long time But now I found it and will for sure come back to it to remind myself of key points I would highlight the following points, which made major impact on me 1 Humans have a freedom of choice It does not matter what evil is done to us by others, it This book has become for me number 1 as a book, which had a great impact on my thoughts and life I have read a lot of books as a university student as well as now And for me book that changed my attitude was rather a mystery for a long time But now I found it and will for sure come back to it to remind myself of key points I would highlight the following points, which made major impact on me 1 Humans have a freedom of choice It does not matter what evil is done to us by others, it is a matter of what becomes of us after this experience We decide if we turn into evil monsters and justify our deeds because of what happened to us or we will use this experience however painful and turn it into lesson , find a meaning in it and live past it Everyone has his cross to bear, and we need to find a meaning to it Even done to us by others does not justify our own wrongdoings because of past experience We have a will to decide if we let this evil consume us or survive this 2 The logo therapy by V.Frankl definitely found reasoning in me Whatever we do, sacrifice, endure shall have a meaning We shall find this meaning and hold on to it This is the outlook into the future which keeps us going Meaning is purpose We shall all look for meaning 3 There is no community guilt There is personal guilt I guess this is true We don t feel shame or guilt for other wrongdoings 4 V Frankls says that he identifies 2 types of people principles and unprincipled While reading , I kept wondering how much evil sits in people that they are capable of doing things like during WW II things a human can do to another human , being given the right for it by some popular and chosen leader If we as humanity can t fight our own demons, what is than to expect My conclusion whatever leader is we shall always think first and do not follow blindly Being human to oneself and others is the highest virtue the man can have Definitely recommend this book for reading `DOWNLOAD EPUB ☝ Man's Search for Meaning: A Young Adult Edition ⇪ A young adult edition of the best selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl s life, and supplementary letters and speeches The Library of Congress called it one of the ten most influential books in America the New York Times pronounced it an enduring work of survival literature and O, The Oprah Magazine praised it as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century Man s Search for Meaning has long riveted readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival This new young readers edition brings a beloved classic to a new generation of readers, offering a universal tribute to coping with suffering and finding one s purpose An abridged text of the original book emphasizing Frankl s personal story, while omitting some material on his psychological theory of logotherapy is presented here, along with supplemental materials that vividly bring Frankl s story to life, and a foreword by prominent young adult author John Boyne Man s Search for Meaning A Young Adult Edition will help readers ages twelve to eighteen grasp Frankl s enduring lessons on perseverance and strength with clarity and depth