On the Heights of Despair – Emil Cioran

Rating: 
18/02/17

How does one become a pessimist?

By reading your book, pal. You made Schopenhauer look like one of the Teletubbies. It was a fortunate thing that I didn’t read this during my impressionable adolescence. I still can’t rate it I think a 3-star rating is a good compromise. Many quotes that pulled on my heartstrings, and many chapters I already forgot, out of immunity to certain thoughts and dislike of overly melodramatic prose. Things that belong to the plane of ideas, naturally, since the kind of life that has been portrayed at times is literally impossible, and impracticable ideas which try to convey intellectual depth and are repeated by others, clinging to such pose as hard as they can because “happy people are all stupid and morality is a disgrace and I want to be consumed by fire and I long for the destruction of the world,” too exhausting… And I can’t shake off a sense of artificiality.
True, if you read this, you’re not much of an optimistic, but still. I wholeheartedly agree with the third line of this review.
That being said, these few lines will be engulfed by the beauty of flames and will witness their own amoral destruction from which a proper review will absurdly blossom amid beautiful darkness echoing nothingness…! After restoring my soul with many reruns of Seinfeld.

* Photo credit: Book cover via Goodreads.
** Pre-review. Or final review if I forget…
*** I’ll read The Trouble with Being Born anyway; a more mature work, surely.
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