Philosophy Made Simple

Philosophy Made Simple

A Novel

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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Feeling restless after the death of his wife, Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home to start his life over at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter's Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law's mother. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Rudy Harrington, an avocado dealer in Chicago, is ready for a new life. His daughters are grown, his wife has died, and the idea of running an avocado grove in Texas suddenly seems infinitely more appealing than the rambling house and the wholesale produce business that have sustained him so far. So a new life it is. Rudy leaves home and heads for a part of the world where he knows scarcely a soul. But he has a guide: a slender book one of his daughters has given him called Philosophy Made Simple, each chapter highlighting the ideas of a different philosopher. As he plunges into his unknown future, Rudy meets his challenges philosopher by philosopher, beginning with Plato and Aristotle and ending with Schopenhauer and Sartre. But no amount of philosophy can prepare Rudy for the surprises that emerge as he arranges for his daughter's Hindu wedding and gets to know Norma Jean - an elephant with a talent for painting who is abandoned to Rudy's care. Norma Jean's vast heart opens up Rudy's spirit and leads to his encounter with an extraordinary woman and the prospect of a new love.

Baker
& Taylor

Widower Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home for a new life at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter's Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law's mother.

Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316058261
0316058262
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm.

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JeanieG
Nov 18, 2013

I like Robert Hellenga's novels. And I especially like how the characters are all tied together. His characters are very real, I feel like I actually know them and I hate to say goodbye. Rudy, the main character, is 60 and trying to figure out what to do with himself. I think that happens to many at that point in life. Other books by Hellenga - The Sixteen Pleasure, Blues Lessons, Fall of a Sparrow.

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Carolien
Dec 02, 2010

and Now we get to know the father...

Read The Sixteen Pleasures and The Italian Lover first.

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