Life Lessons from the Great Books : The Great Courses: Western Literature

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor J. Rufus Fears
  • Series: The Great Courses: Western Literature
  • 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Study more than three dozen works that span the timelines of Western history, from ancient Greece and Rome to the modern age. Whether written 2,000, 200, or 20 years ago, the enduring works of literature still speak to us and place our unique experiences into a larger perspective, offering invaluable lessons for every important moment in life.
Every Great Book you explore over these 36 insightful lectures-from the Odyssey and the Gospel of John to Hamlet and Animal Farm - is a unique expression of the human spirit and a fountain of advice, from how to conduct yourself in times of trouble to how to better appreciate the simple moments in your life.
You'll discover six broad themes that run through history's most compelling stories: the unconquerable human spirit, youth and old age, romance and love, adventure and courage, laughter and irony, and patriotism. In exploring these themes within the context of these Great Books, you learn new ideas about both the works themselves and the broad scope of the human condition.
If you haven't read these Great Books before, the warmth of Professor Fears's storytelling and his insightful approach to literature will have you heading to the library to learn more. And if you've already read these works, you'll discover new themes and ideas that will help you get more out of them.
Regardless of your previous familiarity with these works, you'll come to understand why these masterpieces remain eternal testaments to the variety of human experience and the powerful ways in which literature can guide and inspire us.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Engaging, inspiring and entertaining

If you could sum up Life Lessons from the Great Books in three words, what would they be?

Hear, amuse and enjoy!
You can learn a lot about history together with human motivations and emotions.


What other book might you compare Life Lessons from the Great Books to, and why?

Some Other books from the series "The great corses" are also fascinating and instructive.


What does Professor J. Rufus Fears bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His emphasis, his intonation and to the same time humour and sincerity make the book more interesting.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A furious ride trough history and mythology.


Any additional comments?

Buy it , hear it and have fun! - And look after the other books from the series.

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- Bernd

A great lesson to life

This book will get you interested in history and literature. I loved it and can highly recommend
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- Oliver Gajtanski

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses