Filled with timeless aphorisms and entertaining stories, Truth Imagined tracks Hoffer's years on the road, which served as the breeding ground for his most fertile thoughts. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 25th by Hopewell Publications first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Truth Imagined , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Truth Imagined. Sep 22, Ben Nesvig rated it really liked it Shelves: reads. Fascinating autobiography from one of my all time favorite thinkers. While I've read a couple of his other books, it was interesting to see how his perspective and insights on life developed.
It was almost shocking to read someone with such a brilliant mind write about how they came within a hair of suicide. He went as far as analyzing all the different means to carry out the act and settling on a poison that would make it look accidental. He thankfully spit out the first sip and deci Fascinating autobiography from one of my all time favorite thinkers. He thankfully spit out the first sip and decided to pursue life. Eric approached life as a tourist, never staying in one place too long, until he finally settled down as a longshoreman, but even that reflected the life of a migrant.
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This may have been the cause of many of his great insights. He analyzed many situations he found himself in and never settled to go without an answer to questions he had. It is perhaps a mark of the artist that he is an eternal stranger in this world, a visitor from another planet. Oct 02, J. I pulled this book off a library shelf by chance in In doing so, I became a Hoffer fan for life.
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Hoffer was one of the most notable American philosophers of the later 20th Century. Some call him a "socialogist". He was totally self-taught; he never went beyond the 8th grade and he worked most of his life as a longshoreman in San Francisco. He educated himself through voracious, wide-ranging reading. Out of that self-education came his insightful, wholly original writing. Until r I pulled this book off a library shelf by chance in Until recently, most of his book had been shamefully allowed to go out of print.
Thankfully, that's changed. If you fear heavy, philosophical texts, don't worry. Hoffer is written for the 'common' person. He's exceptionally readablebut not simplistic. I hope you've got your library card handy.
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Hoffer will have you heading off to the stacks to check out all the fascinating authors he alludes to in his books. Until somebody writes a definitive biography, this is the place to start learning about a true American original. Mar 19, Jeremy Bailey rated it liked it. A selective autobiography spanning his life from late adolescence up to Pearl Harbor, this documents his life on the road.
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Would be better if included in a larger collection of his works. The man is an American original, his anecdotes are concise and always entertaining. Chapters here are shorter than Dan Brown's so if you have a short attention span, this will be easy to swallow. If you are a fan of On the Road and other such works of the "Beat" generation, this man lived the life Kerouac immortali A selective autobiography spanning his life from late adolescence up to Pearl Harbor, this documents his life on the road.
If you are a fan of On the Road and other such works of the "Beat" generation, this man lived the life Kerouac immortalized a decade later. There is no real structure, very few conclusions and maybe only a couple truly inspiring insights - I certainly wanted to know more and feel there is much to be gained from his life and experiences. But in this form, there just wasn't enough here for me to justify its existence as a stand alone volume and would love to have seen it as part of a greater whole.
Jun 13, ua rated it really liked it Shelves: s , american , biography-auto , philosophy. A rambling, conversational, episodic biography with all of the charm that Hoffer must have had in person. He is a great storyteller and self-mythologizer, so those looking for the origins of his philosophy might be left with some doubts and questions. What was it like to be blind for ten years of his early life? What actually led him to consider suicide?
These questions may not be answ A rambling, conversational, episodic biography with all of the charm that Hoffer must have had in person. These questions may not be answered, but maybe that just increases the fascination of this figure. At the very least, the book accurately mirrors his life in its main details: in love with freedom and insatiably curious about the world and the people around him. Jul 28, Bob Kittridge rated it really liked it Shelves: change.
A very good read, All of Eric's work is always a great read,. Howard Cohen rated it really liked it Nov 01, Jaedon Lee rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Josh Paul rated it really liked it Nov 23, Pat rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Son Cao rated it liked it Dec 23, Jane Griscti rated it really liked it Aug 01, Dan Hatcher rated it really liked it Jun 22, Yeong rated it it was amazing Nov 21, Outis rated it really liked it Feb 04, You must be logged in to Tag Records.
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