The End Of Happiness – A Short Novel About The Meaning Of Life

The End of Happiness

The End Of Happiness – A Short Novel About The Meaning Of Life

The End of Happiness by Norman Maclean is a short novel that tackles the question: “What is the meaning of life?” The main character, a terminally ill man who appears to only be in his late thirties, has long been awaiting the day when he will be able to leave the hospice that has provided for him and his family. Sadly, the day never comes.

The novel traces the path of its protagonist, Albert, as he slowly loses his ability to enjoy life to its fullest. Eventually, Albert comes to the conclusion that all happiness is short-lived and that he must work on his emotional well-being if he ever expects to be happy again. The book contains a number of beautiful passages that would have us quaking with fear at the thought of such a situation, yet they also provide a number of glimmers of hope that we might one day see in our own lives. It is a deeply moving read that captures the agony and exhilaration of the human condition in one concise moment.

The End of Happiness is a fine addition to the literature of philosophy and personal development. While the book may not have changed the way we think about happiness or the reasons for choosing it to be important, it has certainly added an intriguing twist to the story of mankind’s quest for happiness. Norman Maclean offers an alternative view on the meaning of life and provides an interesting insight into what it is really like to be happy. The short stories are light-hearted, yet contain some serious introspection that can help us see clearly when trying to make sense of the often confusing nature of happiness. The End of Happiness is a quick read, yet contains many valuable lessons. The story and the style of writing are both engaging.