Philosophy Made Simple

A Novel

Hellenga, Robert

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Philosophy Made Simple
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.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316058261
Branch Call Number: FICTION HELLENGA
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,22 cm


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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.

Dec 02, 2010

and Now we get to know the father...

Read The Sixteen Pleasures and The Italian Lover first.


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