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Reviewing the books to transcend beyond mere mortality. Emphasis is on the learnings, intriguing ideas and pragmatic takeaways that can be applied to your everyday life. 1 to 2 uploads every week!

Mere Mortals Book Reviews Kyrin Down & Juan Granados

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Reviewing the books to transcend beyond mere mortality. Emphasis is on the learnings, intriguing ideas and pragmatic takeaways that can be applied to your everyday life. 1 to 2 uploads every week!

    Is It Right To Kill An Indifferent Murderer? | The Stranger (Albert Camus)

    Is It Right To Kill An Indifferent Murderer? | The Stranger (Albert Camus)

    Would you condemn a complete stranger to death?

    'The Stranger' by Albert Camus is a 1st person account from a man who lacks normal feelings. It is set in Algiers and follows the Frenchman Monsieur Meursault in his daily routine after the death of his mother. He kills a man and is put on trial for being a cold blooded murder with no regret nor emotions.

    I summarised the book as follows. "I found it a slow start but became more engaged as it progressed. It's great for highlighting part of the reason life hard, everyone is a stranger and some people are really strange. Unfortunately the indifference of Mssr. Meursault was contagious and I didn't love it."

    I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Kyrin out!

    Timeline:
    (0:00) - Intro
    (0:36) - Synopsis
    (2:49) - Applying Justice: Apathy vs Indifference
    (16:30) - Observations/Takeaways
    (23:58) - Summary


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    • 27 min
    Why Can People With Similar Tastes Have Differing Opinions On The Same Book?

    Why Can People With Similar Tastes Have Differing Opinions On The Same Book?

    We had a lot of people sending in messages (because I did a thing) and I also realised that I'm done with philosophy for a while.

    In September 2022 we covered 4 books on this channel (but I also threw in a cheeky small one just for this recap). I just noticed that it was a pretty diverse crowd with an Englishman-c*m-Australian, French Algerian, American and a fanatic Japanese. That's a good bunch.

    I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Kyrin out!

    Timeline:
    (0:00) - Intro
    (0:35) - The Sound of Waves: Yukio Mishima
    (4:41) - On The Beach: Nevil Shute
    (6:58) - The Stranger: Albert Camus
    (8:59) - The Fire Next Time: James Baldwin
    (13:41) - Ego Is The Enemy: Ryan Holiday
    (15:17) - Boostagram Lounge
    (20:33) - October 2022
    (22:12) - Value For Value


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    • 24 min
    A Chance To Exam Your Own Thoughts On Mortality | On The Beach (Nevil Shute)

    A Chance To Exam Your Own Thoughts On Mortality | On The Beach (Nevil Shute)

    How would you find satisfaction in a nuclear holocaust?

    'On The Beach' by Nevil Shute is a story set in Melbourne of two naval officers and their friends/family as impending death from radioactive fallout comes ever closer. The Northern Hemisphere is uninhabited apart from a mysterious signal coming from Seattle. It examines people reactions to mortality and how they mentally cope with the realisation of inevitable death.

    I summarised the book as follows. "I had to set aside some time after reading this for some pondering as there is a lot to digest. I liked how the plot was moved forward by the submarine cruise and that it started off with the holocaust already well underway. It's not exactly a fun read but I think will inspire some worthwhile introspection."

    I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Kyrin out!

    Timeline:
    (0:00) - Intro
    (0:31) - Synopsis
    (2:58) - Nuclear Holocaust: How would humanity behave?
    (11:07) - Satisfaction: What brings individuals pleasure?
    (17:57) - Observations/Takeaways
    (22:28) - Summary


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    • 25 min
    A Simple Tale Sparse On Dialogue But With A Rich Inner World | The Sound Of Waves (Yukio Mishima)

    A Simple Tale Sparse On Dialogue But With A Rich Inner World | The Sound Of Waves (Yukio Mishima)

    Can a book be overly simplistic?

    'The Sound Of Waves' by Yukio Mishima is a simple tale, a love story in fact, of a young boy and girl who persevere through hardship & gossip. It takes place on Uta-jima, an island off of mainland Japan with a small population that lives an artisanal fishing lifestyle. Shinji has to prove his worth to Hatsue's uncle, whilst dealing with a competitor for her affection.

    I summarised the book as follows. "It's a beautiful & relaxing read about young love. It is very simplistic in many ways but I quite enjoyed it. Mishima has a distinct style that is worth trying to see if you like it. It hasn't hit a chord deep inside of me and I generally prefer books with a bit more meat to them but after reading a lot of philosophy books this was exactly what I needed."

    I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Kyrin out!

    Timeline:
    (0:00) - Intro
    (0:32) - Synopsis
    (2:56) - Perseverance: Continued steady belief in spit of opposition
    (9:56) - Prudence: The ability to govern & discipline oneself by use of reason
    (14:41) - Observations/Takeaways
    (18:57) - Summary


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    • 21 min
    Ego is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday) - Book Review

    Ego is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday) - Book Review

    'Ego is the Enemy' by Ryan Holiday was the eagerly anticipated next read in my trails of absorbing everything Ryan Holiday. Find out just why Ego is truly the enemy.

    I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Juan out!

    Timeline:
    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:17) - Synopsis
    (3:40) - Themes
    (6:48) - Takeaways

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    • 11 min
    Either/Or (Søren Kierkegaard) - Book Review

    Either/Or (Søren Kierkegaard) - Book Review

    Either philosophy makes little sense ...... or I'm just a little stupid.

    'Either/Or' by Søren Kierkegaard is a two volume work designed to investigate the life views of the aesthetic (art, beauty, pleasure) & the ethical (commitment, marriage morals). It is written in the unique form of two unknown authors and compiled by a pseudonymous editor. 

    I summarised the book as follows. "My overall feeling coming out of this was an exasperated 'why'. There was a lot of words but it didn't feel like much got said. There were some hints of interesting topics but I became bored by the lack of clarity and wasn't even able to finish the book."

    I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Kyrin out!

    Timeline:
    (0:00) - Intro
    (0:45) - Synopsis
    (4:12) - The Either/Or: A seemingly unavoidable choice between two alternatives
    (8:00) - Observations/Takeaways
    (13:21) - Summary


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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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