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The Schopenhauer Cure

A Novel
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Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work - and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some 20 years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured - miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - and is himself a philosophical counselor in training. 

Philip's dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.

©2005 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2018 Tantor

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An outstanding achievement

The difficulty of combining detailed, thoroughly emotive narrative with the kind of insight into philosophy and group therapy is impossible to estimate.
There is great sensitivity here to the real struggle we all face to find ourselves in an integrated, congruent life of the mind and shared experience.
As someone familiar with much of the philosophical content but completely ignorant of the world of group therapy I found this book both a revelation and refreshing consolidation in a well written, well narrated format.
Tremendous.

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Fantastic!

So sad that it finished! simply loved the book! The narrative is engaging. Very diverse characters, each one playing an important role in the story. The paralel story of Schopenhauer's life make us love and hate him. Food to think!

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  • Jonathon
  • 02-10-2018

Bravo!!

I sat in my driveway many evenings enraptured with the content of this book and the performance of the narrator.

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  • Ekaterina
  • 02-03-2019

The Schopenhauer Cure

It’s a beautiful book about life and death that is saturated with strikingly real emotions. The book presents a realistic view on what group therapy is, the power of it. I really liked the narrator, who made the characters even more vivid for me. I especially recommend this book to anybody who likes psychology and to mental health professions.

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  • cristal java
  • 07-12-2018

Great story excellent narration.

This is novel combines philosophy, therapeutic advice, and a compelling story line. The narrative is expertly done. I was assigned this book for class but I devoured it like a treat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2019

Wow! I could not get my hand off this book!

First, have to give a huge cudos to the narrarator! He pulls off a string of characters so skilfully that juat by his tone you know who's talking. His voice gives life to these characters and his clear narraration wakens the book.
If you are into philosophy, and into psychology, this is the book for you. It dives deep into the human motivations, portraits real problems of real people, all this while giving a very informed and interesting overview of a great philosopher's life, Arthur Shopenhauer.
The plot is exciting, emotional and well written. It's not a thriller but I could not put the book away. Very reccomended!

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  • Dr. loLafolana
  • 08-04-2019

Yalom Always Delivers

Irving Yalom is a true master of psychotherapy and I find his writing very accessible. Sexist and dated, yes, but still excellent and engaging.

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  • ReallyNelie
  • 07-04-2019

Loved this novel

I need to say that I’m a graduate of a couple if years of group ( now decades ago but not forgotten) and I’m a huge believer in the changes groups like the one at the center of this novel can do for people. Also I am a long time teacher and student of psychology ( though not a therapist) who also minored in philosophy in college and have maintained an interest ever since. So it might be those three pieces of my background that made me love this book. I’m not at all sure everyone else would like it as much. It’s quite pedantic in parts but I didn’t mind those parts because the pedantry interested me. In other ways it may see slow moving if you haven’t been in s you yourself and felt the undercurrents and changes in what is described. The narrator does a great job with this. The one minor critique I have of this is Yalom has been criticized by some for having issues with heavy not extremely attractive women in his work. He gives one a voice in a small way in this novel but then she sort of loses that voice later. I dont know if I appreciate the effort or wish he’d gone further if he tried at all. A bit of both.

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  • Roberto Newell
  • 22-09-2018

Pompous and predictable

The author tries to give life to a set of two-dimensional figures who are modeled after archetypical figures. Tedious.

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  • J.Snaggle
  • 08-02-2019

Emotional, insightful, profound

A book about a therapist and a group of patients might not sound like much, and if you're looking for action and adventure this is not the book for you. However, the way Yalom paints the characters and their various stories and relationships together through the progression of the group therapy I found nothing short of marvellous. Borrowing wisdom from the worlds of philosophy, psychotherapy, and the life of Schopenhauer, he weaves some fairly long, at times almost academic prose into the narrative without labouring the point or losing the reader's interest.

That and it has an redemptive, almost cathartic ending that will definitely pull on your heartstrings.

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  • Alexander J. Turner
  • 21-07-2018

Terrible narration

The voice and the way this was read was really awful and sounds like a robot. What a shame that the brilliant Irvin Yalom has been destroyed by this.

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