Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age

By Daniel Klein

Travels with Epicurus: A trip to a Greek Island looking for an actual outdated Age is a funny, uplifting meditation on discovering the pleasures of previous age, through the hot York instances bestselling co-author of Plato and a Platypus stroll right into a Bar.

When thinker, jokester and septuagenarian Daniel Klein is going to the dentist for a standard check-up, he's educated that he wishes a bit of his decrease the teeth got rid of and changed with both a denture plate or implants. The implants will require common journeys to the dentist over the process a yr, handsome profit and many discomfort. The denture plate nonetheless would go away Klein with the unmistakable clunky smile of an previous man.

Though Klein first and foremost opts for the implants he quickly questions his selection. Is it greater to a spend a worthy 12 months attempting to expand the best of his existence, or to dwell an real previous age, toothless grin and all?

Klein made up our minds the reply lay in a spot the place humans appeared to understand the key to an extended, satisfied and fit existence - Greece. He travels there with a library of his favorite philosophers and observes different septuagenarians and octogenarians, and contemplates his personal lifestyles, relatively searching out knowledge from well known hedonist Epicurus.

From that trip comes a honest and funny ebook on growing older and an Epicurean approach to life.

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