Penguin Book

The Sweetness of Life

Françoise Héritier

A bestseller in France, this beautiful list of the daily moments that make for a life worth living asks us to reconnect with and cherish a different sense of worth.

If you assume an average life expectancy of 85 years, then deduct the hours we spend daily on sleeping, shopping, eating, working, tending to our relationships and on everything else that is obligatory, how much time is left for the average person to enjoy those activities that are the sweetness of life? For Francoise Héritier, it is those activities, those moments, that make up pure sensuality, the actual experience of humanity. These are the moments we all cherish ... wild laughter, phone calls in general, coffee in the sun, the bliss of fresh autumn evenings, running in warm rain, long conversations at twilight, kisses on the back of the neck, the moment when all nature falls silent ...

"There's still so much else that I forget," says Héritier, and over fifty pages she goes on to list, with heartwarming and heartbreaking specificity, all that we so easily miss if we do not attend to the lightness and grace in the simple fact of existence, life's sweetness.

Françoise Héritier, an Anthropologist, is Emeritus Professor at the College de France and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. She is the author of such highly successful works as Masculin/feminin and De la violence, translated into more than ten languages. Le Sel de la Vie is a French bestseller.

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  • Biography and Memoir
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Philosophy and Religion
Format TPS
191 x 118mm
HarperCollins US (William Morrow) (PRH Rights)
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