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Book Review

‘The Happy Life’ by David Malouf

What is happiness, anyway? In this slim volume, the topic is covered not as a self-help writer would — 10 steps to having a happier life! — but rather in five linked essays, each considering aspects of happiness, from social to sexual. Author David Malouf begins by consulting Montaigne, the great French thinker whose essay on solitude argues that the greatest thing in life is “to know how to belong to yourself.”

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