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The happy life: the search for contentment in the modern world

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What Makes For a Happy Life? Amid the constant chatter of today's world, with its 24-hour news cycles, Twitter and mobile communications, David Malouf returns to the ancient question of what makes us happy. With grace and profundity, Malouf discusses new and old ways to talk about contentment and the self. In considering the happy life - what it is, and what makes it possible - he returns to the 'highest wisdom' of the classics, looks at how, thanks to Thomas Jefferson's way with words, happiness became a 'right,' and contrasts joy in the flesh, as depicted by Rubens and Rembrandt, with the way we view our bodies today. In a world become ever larger and more impersonal, Malouf finds happiness in an unlikely place. This is a book to savour and reflect upon by one of Australia's greatest novelists. 'A rewarding reflection on human restlessness and the need for limits.' The Age 'Entertaining and insightful.' The Sydney Morning Herald 'A wonderful . . . reflection on happiness in the Western tradition.' The Canberra Times
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;-) By Australia's greatest contemporary author, an elegant, succinct meditation on what makes for a happy life.

"Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous," says David Malouf. But what exactly are we looking for when we chase happiness? At this particular moment in history, privileged, industrialized nations have lessened much of what makes us unhappy: widespread poverty, illness, famine. Yet we are still unfulfilled, turning increasingly to yoga, church,, drugs, clinical therapy and retail therapy. What is at the root of our collective stress, and how can we find our way to contentment?

Drawing on mythology, philosophy, art and literature, Malouf traces our conception of happiness throughout history, distilling centuries of thought into a lucid narrative. He discusses the creation myths of ancient Greece and the philosophical schools of Athens, analyzes Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary declaration that "the pursuit of happiness" is a right, explores the celebration of sensual delight in Rembrandt and Rubens and offers a perceptive take on a modern society growing larger and more impersonal.

With wisdom and insight, Malouf investigates that simplest, most spontaneous of feelings and urges us to do the same.

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