The Book of Life
Faith and reason, love and virtue, morality and mortality! In these two short volumes the famous novelist, essayist, and playwright, Upton Sinclair, confided his most prized worldly wisdom for generations to come. His kind and witty personal advice both provokes and enlightens page by page. (Summary by Rom Maczka)
(18 hr 49 min)
Most useful philosophy I've ever read
I enjoyed this reading for its honesty, reason, brevity and clear prose. This Man clearly has put a lot of thought into subjects that he finds most important to wonder about in life and it shows in his clever yet simple suggestions and answers to these. Highly recommend for anyone interested in exploring how to best go about living one's own and reacting to other's lives in a realistic way.
95 years ago? this book is nearly 100 years old and very appropriately titled. Try it out... its like a time machine into the past. shortly after starting the book you will discover how relevant issues of Upton's day are today and the years just peel away!
Excellent Book, Excellent reader.
Excellent book, has very good analysys and very interesting. Some analysis needs more work. It has some empirical arguments, such is the case in the age for wedding, more personal opinions than objective analysis. I keep the idea that love (not sex) have to be the base of every relation, and age is relative. In general excellent.
It goes on
Really haven't progressed past most of the topics, just shipped them over seas. My clothes are made in Bangladesh, India, and else where. The filthy rich are just going along, and people haven't any productive education.
Maczka is the greatest LibriVox reader I've encountered
Sinclair's "The Book of Life" is an excellent piece on it's own, but this reading does such a great job of capturing the humor and, I guess, "casual wisdom" in it. Maczka is such a great reader, just having this in the background lifts my mood on a long run or commute.
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What's become of so-called literature these days? Where is the Upton Sinclair of our times? In our world, the very act of thinking is a crime. Surely then, if Sinclair were alive today, he'd never have his incredible works would never be published such as they were in his own times. And I am of course referring to all of his books.
It is incredible that such ideas have been going on for almost a century now and no one has done anything worthwhile yet. Some of the solutions the book portrays are a little bit dated, and some better solutions have been offered in the present. Check www.zeitgeistmovie.com for more details.
The Book of Life
Excellent book and narration. Much of what Sinclair discusses about the horrors of capitalism still apply today. Amazing that almost a century after writing the book none of his suggestions for improving the US have been implemented and we continue to struggle in the American (and western world) rat race to enrich the elite few. When are we going to say enough is enough and start protecting each other and the earth which supports us?