In his long career, eminent psychotherapist and author Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.
Like Love's Executioner and Yalom's other writings, Creatures of a Day lays bare the necessary task we each face every day: to make our own lives meaningful.
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A book of rich experience, wonderfully narrated
Irvin Yalom is a well-respected psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is well on in years. In this book, he shares some of his most moving therapy encounters, bringing us right into the room. He is warm, human, and without arrogance in these sessions and shows considerable respect and professional affection. Traber Burns is a wonderful narrator for Irvin Yalom. He does a superb job of capturing Yalom's voice, inflection and emotions -- from calm empathy to surprise. Being an account of therapy sessions the book consists largely of conversations, and Traber captures the different personalities or moods of each of the speakers -- therapist and the different patients -- so that you're never wondering who is talking, even if you've just restarted the recording.
- Benchu Tang