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Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman – Lives of the Stoics | Review

Title: Lives of the Stoics

Author: Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 334

Rating: 5/5

I picked this book up after hearing about it on BookTube, which was a happy little coincidence because I’d already been getting into stoicism after being introduced to it by my girlfriend. I just wish I could remember whose channel I saw the video on.

What we have here is essentially a cracking little introduction to the key figures of stoicism in ancient Rome and Greece, and it’s written by a well-known figure in contemporary stoic circles. In fact, at the same time that I ordered this book, I also subscribed to a bunch of Stoic YouTube channels, and it turns out that the host of one of them is one of the authors of this book.

I found it to be super accessible, with the story told slowly but surely through short chapters on some of the key figures of the Stoic movement. After a while, it gets a little difficult to remember who was who, but that doesn’t really matter. The important thing here is the lessons that are on offer, and the interesting thing about the figures that are profiled is that as well as writing about and teaching their beliefs, they also lived them.

All in all, it’s a pretty accessible read whether you’re new to stoicism or not, and if you’ve been looking to learn more about the philosophy then this is a pretty good place to look. I enjoyed reading it, and I also ended up tabbing out half of the pages for my video review, which meant that I had a lot to say about it. It’s definitely food for thought.

Now that I’ve read this, I’m keen to learn more about stoicism, and I’m also looking forward to watching some more of the author’s videos. You should give it a Google and check out both the book and the YouTube channel.

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Roald Dahl – Going Solo | Review

Title: Going Solo

Author: Roald Dahl

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 214

Rating: 3.75/5

 

Roald Dahl - Going Solo

Roald Dahl – Going Solo

 

Going Solo is Roald Dahl’s second autobiography and it basically follows on from Boy. For me, though, Boy is the better volume because it relates back to his work some more and also because it’s just delightful to read about the childhood of a children’s author.

This book is pretty much entirely about Dahl’s time in the RAF during the Second World War. He was a part of a tiny squadron in Greece that was heavily outnumbered and so it was interesting to read this one purely because of its historic value. That said, it did also get a little bit samey because it didn’t feel like there was much development. We just followed Dahl from one airbase to another and we know that he didn’t get into any serious trouble because he didn’t die.

It is still a good read though, and I’m glad that I finally picked it up after it’s been sat on my shelf for a while. I don’t think I’ll ever re-read it, but I do think it’ll give me some more context into his life as and when I get to the rest of his stuff. So there’s that.

 

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

 

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