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Philosophy Made Simple

A Novel
Hellenga, Robert (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Philosophy Made Simple
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Widower Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home for a new life at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter's Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law's mother.
Authors: Hellenga, Robert, 1941-
Title: Philosophy made simple
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert Hellenga
ISBN: 9780316058261
Branch Call Number: FICTION HELLENGA
Subject Headings: Texas Fiction Weddings Fiction Widowers Fiction Elephants Fiction Philosophers Fiction Middle-aged men Fiction Avocado industry Fiction Moving, Household Fiction Fathers and daughters Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Weddings
Middle-aged men
Avocado industry
Moving, Household
Fathers and daughters
LCCN: 2005010883
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In what he interprets as a moment of transcendent vision, a recently widowed man puts the family home up for sale and buys an avocado grove in Texas. While adapting to his new vocation, new home, and new friends, Rudy takes up a book-Philosophy Made Simple-and begins to struggle with Plato and A... Read More »

When Rudy's wife dies, and his daughters move away, he is restless. And so he does what you do...he sells the family home and buys an avocado grove in Texas!

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Nov 18, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like Robert Hellenga's novels. And I especially like how the characters are all tied together. His characters are very real, I feel like I actually know them and I hate to say goodbye. Rudy, the main character, is 60 and trying to figure out what to do with himself. I think that happens to many at that point in life. Other books by Hellenga - The Sixteen Pleasure, Blues Lessons, Fall of a Sparrow.

and Now we get to know the father...

Read The Sixteen Pleasures and The Italian Lover first.


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