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5.0 out of 5 starsReliable shipping and a good read.
Reviewed in Canada on November 27, 2019
I gave it as a gift and was told it was a very good read, a little on the harder side to understand but all in all enjoyable. The shipping was far quicker than expected (was told it would take a few days and it came the next day) and it looked completely new, no scuff marks or anything.
After reading other books by Alan Watts as well as listening to his audio tapes from seminars, my expectations were considerably high when ordering The Meaning of Happiness. But once I started to read it, I was a little disappointed by his approach to deliver the answer. In this specific edition I could sense the complexity to articulate the main idea and diving in way too many rants for extended periods of time. It was not an easy read. I missed his light, invigorating and efficient style of presenting an idea and philosophy which was most visible in The Book.
It was a great delight reading this. Every line was worth it. In particular, I loved the utilization of the biblical prodigal son to compare it with the seif-conscious civilized man (prodigal son) and the child, animal or savage (elder son).
One of his best works...and so young when written too. A spectacular read. He has a way of bridging not only the divide of understanding and knowledge of the eastern ways but also include the philosophy and ethos of the west. Cannot read enough of Allan. A gift to the world.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
i cant believe the knowledge this man had at the age of 21. a complete genius. with a well rounded knowledge of all there is to know. he has greatly inspired me, i wish he were still around and i can only hope to incarnate some of his wisdom in my travels of this world.