A tribute to hope when you would think that the situation could not have been more hopeless. Viktor E. Frankl does a brilliant job in depicting the ways in which he has managed to find reasons to stay strong and hopeful during his imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps. Challenging Freud’s assumptions and claims on the nature of man, the author demonstrates in a very compelling way that man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose.
The stories described in the book dive deep into the struggles encountered by the prisoners of Auschwitz, culminating in powerful lessons of humanity and compassion. Viktor E. Frankl showed through his gripping writing the way a prisoner imagined his future affected his longevity. He concludes that the prisoners who survived are the ones who were able to find meaning in the small moments of their everyday life, constantly challenging their growing hopelessness.
The second part of the book focuses on the author’s creation of “logotherapy”: a personal and professional journey into helping others to untangle the meaning in their experiences.
I genuinely loved this book for the depth of its message, the clarity of Frankl’s writing and the powerful lessons it conveyed. I would even go to the extent of saying that it is now in my list of “life-changing books”.