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    DescriptionThe good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of wellbeing and satisfaction are constantly undermined by modern life. Michael Foley examines the elusive condition of happiness common to philosophy, spiritual teachings and contemporary psychology, then shows how these are becoming increasingly difficult to apply in a world of high expectations. The common challenges of earning a living, maintaining a relationship and ageing are becoming battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a culture that demands conspicuous consumption, high-octane partnerships and perpetual youth. In conclusion, rather than denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley presents an entertaining strategy of not just accepting but embracing today's world - finding happiness in its absurdity.


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    Title
    The Age of Absurdity
    Subtitle
    Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Foley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 154 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847396273
    ISBN 10: 1847396275
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    DC22: 158
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24810
    DC22: 158.1
    B&T General Subject: 725
    LC classification: BF
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HE
    Libri: I-HE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 30
    Abridged Dewey: 158
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    BISAC V2.8: SEL016000
    Thema V1.0: QDX
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    17 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Michael Foley was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, but since 1972 he has lived in London, working as a Lecturer in Information Technology. He has published four novels, four collections of poetry and a collection of translations from French poetry, which have earned impressive reviews from The Guardian, New Statesman and New York Times. The Age of Absurdity is his first non-fiction book.
    Review quote
    "Bound to be compared to the works of Patrick McCabe and Roddy Doyle, Foley's novel is stingingly funny, ruefully perceptive and anything but unremarkable." --"Publishers Weekly" on "Getting Used to Not Being Remarkable"