The Happy Life The Search for Contentment in the Modern

In the first Quarterly Essay for 2011 David Malouf returns to one of the most fundamental questions and gives it a modern twist what makes for a happy life?With grace and profundity Malouf discusses new and old ways to talk about contentment and the self In considering the happy life – what it is and what makes it possible – David Malouf returns to the “highest wisdom” of the classics looks at how thanks to Thomas Jefferson’s way with words happiness became a “right” and examines joy in the flesh as depicted by Rubens and Rembrandt In a world become ever larger and impersonal he finds happiness in an unlikely place This is an essay to savour and reflect upon by one of Australia’s greatest novelists


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