Courage: A Novel

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Later, he passed the tales on to his nephew.

The film starred Christiane, Jacqueline and their brother Andre, and its plot was exhilarating. They were consumed by regret, if not exactly for their Resistance work—which they considered their duty—then for failing somehow to take precautions that might have fended off the inevitable.

Why did my life have to be spared, when I was offering it so willingly, even cheerfully? And why did those three who wanted to live, and who loved life so passionately—why were their lives taken from them in the vilest, most brutal way imaginable?

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Having first learned their story in far brighter tints, the young Kaiser was forced to notice these darker shades. Her life proved that you could do the right thing, the most difficult thing, if you were determined to do it.

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Jacqueline married a fellow resistance fighter; Christine married a man whose father had known her father in Buchenwald. Remember that they died for the liberty and the liberation of France. Christiane, it seems, saw her moral choices with clarity, despite the weight of the emotions that led to her years of silence. His children told Kaiser of a difficult, intermittently irascible father, perhaps still pursued by demons. Jacqueline, too, passed away without talking about her choices or telling her children in much detail about her contribution to the war.

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But American civilians, living thousands of miles from the battlefields, never faced anything remotely resembling the choices that confronted everyone who lived in Nazi-occupied Europe. No right?

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The philosopher applies the same underlying theory to explain all disappointing aspects of life. We can all be happy if we so choose, says the philosopher, and so those who are not have chosen not to be.

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People with social anxiety intentionally create such emotions to avoid close relationships with people, and those who suffer from self-hatred—such as the youth in The Courage to be Disliked —find fault with themselves so as to avoid rejection. In Adlerian psychology, all problems are interpersonal. As such, you need to have the courage to form close relationships knowing that perhaps, yes, you could be rejected.

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And yet I found this book unexpectedly insightful. I may not be as convinced as the youth in The Courage to be Disliked; the philosopher, after all, has an all-encompassing and definitive worldview, and no perfectly neat theory of personhood and relationships can fully capture the complexities of existence. Skip to navigation Skip to content. These latter books focus largely on characters belonging to a particular group — wealthy Canterbury runholders, and on family relationships, often those between son and mother and, to a lesser extent, between son and father. His main concern is to examine how these relationships shape the child and influence the way he continues to perceive himself and others.

A unified and convincing piece of fiction, it is also the work that has survived longest in critical favour. The novels set in England have similar themes.

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Discreet to a fault, and even self-apologetic by modern standards, the novel was banned under the censorship provisions in place prior to the setting up of the Indecent Publications Tribunal in , and was only available to few New Zealanders. In recent times some commentators have viewed it as a milestone in New Zealand writing by gay writers. James Courage died in Hampstead on 5 October