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Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
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Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World


"I came away from this book a better human being. Michael Harris' take on existence is calm, unique, and makes one's soul feel good." DOUGLAS COUPLAND

Solitude is a rapidly vanishing experience. Our society now embraces sharing like never before: time alone is being forced out of our lives by the constant pings of smartphones and prods of social media. But what if solitude still has something to offer us - something we have forgotten, but that we still desperately need?

In Solitude, award-winning author Michael Harris examines why being alone matters now more than ever before. He reflects on the paradoxical feeling of isolation that emerges from being constantly connected - and on how learning the beauty of solitude can help us escape it. After all, it is when we are alone that we realise the greatest truths about ourselves. Being alone - really alone - could be the only antidote to the frenzy of our digital age. Rich with stories about the transformative power of solitude, and drawing on the research of the world's leading neuroscientists and behavioural psychologists, Solitude offers a timely and profound exploration of how to be alone - and why it matters for us all.

"A timely, eloquent provocation to daydream and wander."
Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

Title:Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages
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  • Andreia Fernandes
    Jun 13, 2017

    "How amazing - what an enormous relief! - to affirm that we exist whether others watch us or not!""I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of ...

  • Andrea
    May 19, 2017

    Whimsical at times, Harris does put up a good argument on the necessity of solitude and the mastery of it as an art, in this modern era that constantly calls for one to remain connected....

  • Peter
    May 02, 2017

    This was a very enjoyable book about how we are spending less time by ourselves and taking time away from the internet and other instant gratification devices.For myself, I enjoy my personal time and ...

  • Austin
    Apr 14, 2017

    Harris' book is like a breath of fresh air. Even now, I feel guilty logging in, and crafting a review that will perhaps sway your opinion on whether or not to make this purchase. This review is more o...

  • Marge
    Jan 05, 2017

    I've been looking forward to this follow-up ever since I read Harris' last book, "The End of Absence". Can you think of the last time you had a period of true solitude? Me neither. These two books are...

  • Andrew
    Dec 05, 2016

    There's nothing wrong with being alone at times. It's how I recharge. Nor do we always need to connect, share our opinions, comment, instagram, text, or tweet. So, you know what? Don't worry about thi...

  • Larry Olson
    May 19, 2017

    This is a well-researched and insightful exploration of the pursuit of solitude to build a richer interior life. The author explores our struggle with generating new ideas, developing a deeper underst...

  • Elise
    Apr 18, 2017

    Mixed bag. I liked a whole lot of the book (maybe 3 5ths? :) ) but there were 3 oddly discordant chapters kind of plunked in the middle that didn't really fit with the whole and which didn't seem to c...

  • Irfan Farooq
    Apr 24, 2017

    On the same pattern as his very first book, Michael Harris shows how in this era of Internet, online sharing and social media we have lost touch with the main activity which makes us ourselves - Solit...

  • Devin
    Jun 03, 2017

    We fill our days with activities that provide fleeting pleasures or momentary conveniences but that leaves us feeling anxious or unfulfilled. In the worst cases, we surrender control over the rhythm o...