Matt Haig Reasons to Stay Alive

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. "I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."

ich fand es leider relativ platt und nichtssagend.

— ju_theTrue

One of those few books that I am going to read in my life and call a 'soul-book'. The most important book in my life right now.

— Janinasmind

Matt Haig schildert eindrücklich, was er während seiner Depression erlebt hat und warum es sich trotzdem lohnt zu leben.

— sar89
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    Briefe an die grüne Fee

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    Auf den Schwingen der grünen Fee Wie auch die einst berühmten Absinth-Trinker wie Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe oder Oscar Wilde begibt sich der Ich-Erzähler in "Briefe an die grüne Fee" auf Sinnsuche und verhandelt die großen Fragen des Lebens, die die Menschen umtreiben: Liebe, Leidenschaft, Freiheit, Glück und Vergänglichkeit. Salih Jamal legt mit "Briefe an die grüne Fee" ein überzeugendes Debüt vor, das das Genre des Briefromans neu erfindet. Wir verlosen 25 Exemplare des Buches!Mehr über das BuchHoch über den Dächern der Stadt sitzt der Ich-Erzähler, bereit zum Sprung. In seiner Tasche: eine alte Pistole und Briefe an eine geheimnisvolle, devote Flamenco-Tänzerin, die er im Internet über ein Dating-Portal kennengelernt hat. In zwei zusammenlaufenden Handlungssträngen erzählt er von seiner Affäre und von den Menschen, die ihm begegneten. Er schildert seinen Blick auf die Welt, seinem Weg aus Leichtigkeit und Unbekümmertheit in die Fesseln der Verantwortung und dem Versuch, dieser Gewissenhaftigkeit zu entfliehen. Dabei sucht er melancholisch, wütend und fragend das Wesen der Liebe, um an den Kern der menschlichen Seele vorzudringen. In seinen Gedanken dealt er deshalb mit dem Teufel. Eine Geschichte aus lustigen, tragischen und unverschämten Anekdoten, erzählt in einer flapsigen und teilweise vulgären Sprache, und tiefgründigen, poetischen Gedanken über die Welt, in der Männer wie vergessene Turnbeutel in der Tinnef-Abteilung bei IKEA darauf warten abgeholt zu werden, oder in der versucht wird die Zeugen Jehovas an der Haustüre zu einem Dreier zu überreden."Ein Briefroman. Ein neuer Werther in einer neuen Zeit. Poetisch und vulgär." >> Hier geht's zur Leseprobe!Mehr zum AutorIch wurde weit entfernt von dort geboren, wo ich hingehörte. So suchte ich zeitlebens meinen Weg nach Hause und gleichzeitig hinfort. Ein langer, ungewisser und wohl unmöglicher Weg, der mich zu Jobs im Fast-Food-Restaurant, in die Herrenabteilung eines Modehauses auf der piekfeinen Düsseldorfer Königsallee, als Rosenverkäufer in Bordellen oder als Kurierfahrer, der das Kanzleramt belieferte, geführt hat. Neugierig geworden? Dann macht mit beim Gewinnspiel und sichert euch die Chance auf eines von 25 Exemplaren von "Briefe an die grüne Fee" von Salih Jamal! Klickt auf den blauen "Jetzt bewerben"-Button und beantwortet folgende Frage:Welches Buch hat dich in diesem Jahr am meisten berührt?Bitte beachtet vor eurer Bewerbung unsere Richtlinien für Buchverlosungen.Viel Glück!Nicht verpassen!Unter allen Lesern, die bis zu 28.08. eine Rezension schreiben, werden zusätzlich 5 Tassen zu "Briefe an die grüne Fee" verlost!

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  • THIS BOOK SPEAKS TO MY SOUL AND MY HEART. (And my mind, thank god.)

    Reasons to Stay Alive

    Janinasmind

    21. January 2017 um 00:43

    This book speaks to my soul. And I don't think anyone is going to understand how much I truly mean that. This book - this tiny self-help/memoir book - helped me. No, that is too little of a word. 'Helped' cuts the experience into pieces that are not enough to describe what Reasons to Stay Alive did. What Matt Haig did. For me. (For a lot of people, I guess.) I read this book. Obviously. But the important bit in this little fact is the time when I did it. Which is now. And yesterday. And the day before that. And a week ago. We are not yet at the important bit because that comes now: it's not the time itself (the day, week, month, year) but the thing that happened to me in that time, the thing that came back at full force in that time. The beast. The monster. The dark. My depression. So there we have it: I read a book about depression while my depression came to visit. (Longer than I hoped.) It was un-announced. It was un-welcomed. It was typical and ironic and annoying. Because here I was: ready to face the next year and make the most out of my miserable 2016 aftermath and then this. This. This. This. I wasn't ready. I never am. When I started this book I had a good day. I had a job interview on that day and it went well. The interviewer really liked me and said that I had a positive aura and he felt like he could definitely find something for me. It made me so happy and when I saw an email on my phone telling me that my book was at the store, I almost ran to get it into my greedy hands. I started reading it on the bus and I lost my breath. This was a book that got me. This was a book about my kind of depression. It felt like two wins on one day. The second day I read this book was a bad day. I woke up and got out of my bed and I wanted to jump right back into it and not get up until the next day started. I had no energy, felt drained. I went to my computer and none of my favourite youtubers had uploaded any new videos and then I went on goodreads and I saw that I was already behind in my 2017-Reading-Challenge and I know, I know that nothing that I just described is a big deal but it felt like the world. Like my mind was a paper house and my thoughts were the wind that made it lose its structure and balance. That caused it to fall into a messy bundle on the floor. I started second-guessing myself, doubting my success. Suddenly I found my excitement stupid after my interview yesterday. I mean, it was only an interview and lots of people go to them, I got no reason to be proud that I went at all. The day sucked all the joy out of the moments. I read a few sentences in the book and, like, two seconds later I put it back on my shelf. I couldn't focus, it didn't feel good, it didn't feel right. I didn't enjoy it. So I drank my favourite juice and ate my favourite meal and still, I felt like it was worth nothing. The third day I read this book was one of the worst days. I didn't do the dishes. Didn't shower. Didn't buy groceries. Didn't leave the house at all. I didn't answer when my mum called. I didn't open the door when the bell rang. I didn't do the things that I had planned for the day. Cancelled everything. Wanted to go to the cinema with a friend? Cancelled. Wanted to go out and do sports? Cancelled. There was this infinite sadness inside of me, clawing at me, crawling into every pore until all that was left was the shell that I was when the good days disapeared. I felt all the bad things and none of the good things. Stuff felt pointless, I felt worthless. I felt naive and fat and ugly and hated and like all I had was not enough and too much at the same time. This weight was crushing me, taking the best version of me away like the possibility of a brighter future was just the sun shining while I was here sitting in a dark dark cave, blind to the way out. I felt dumb and melodramatic but I couldn't stop it. I couldn't stop being this pathetic mess that can't even do the simple things. I couldn't even function properly. I was useless, nobody needed me. Drained, hollow. Numb. I was absent although I was here. Supposedly here. The next day was a bad day, again. I cried like a baby at every half-assed emotional movie I saw. And I kept watching them. I wanted to cry. I wanted to feel. Anything. I chatted with a friend, asked her questions that I didn't want to ask because I couldn't deal with myself - much at all someone else - and I answered questions - untruthfully - that I didn't want to answer. But I did it anyway because I wanted to want it. I wanted to try - to see if it would work. If I could feel anything beside sad. I didn't feel like myself, like a human being. I felt far far far away. But still, I tried. I answered when my mum called and I liked that. I liked hearing her voice, the happy edge when she spoke about something that she loved. Made it seem real-er. So I kept trying. That was four days ago. Now, today, is a good day. I woke up and I felt ready. Ready to do something productive, to start new. Like I was the me I wanted to be. I watched youtube videos, went to goodreads, lovelybooks, my blog and got ready. I showered, did the dishes, put on clothes that I liked and listened to Hamilton's 'My Shot' while doing my make-up. It was good. It was reallygood. I picked up 'Reasons to Stay Alive' again, for real this time and for the first time in 5/6 days I really read it. And it helped. God, it did. So much. It made my bad days and my worst days seem like they weren't as infinite as they seemed when I felt them. It made me think do myself 'See! You are having a good day right now! The book is right!' and I loved that. I loved that because I need that. I needed this book. This book made me want to write a thank you-letter to Matt Haig. I never write E-Mails to authors or letters or contact them on social media but this time, this time, I really thought about it. And maybe - if I get myself to have enough courage - I am going to do just that. Say thank you. Thank you for what you did. Thank you for writing this book, Matt Haig. This is going to stay with me.

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  • An important book everyone should read!

    Reasons to Stay Alive

    LeonoraVonToffiefee

    31. March 2016 um 10:08

    Matt Haig is 24 when the depression comes. It comes with anxieties, pain and darkness. He suffers from things people can't imagine unless they suffer from it by themselves. And sadly, a lot of people do. Matt Haig tries to tell us his story, how got sick in the first place, what he felt (and what he didn't) and how got out of there, what helped him getting trough this.Depression isn't the flu, you just can't take pills, wait a few days and everything will be fine. It something livechanging, something terrible and dark. He gives us an impression of that, let us take part on his worst times. The book is a mixe out of three things: his experiences, things that's happend and what helped; (terrible) facts and statistics about depressions and the pleading for being alive. Because lots of people suffering from depressions end up killing themselves because they can't handle it anymore, because they can't find another way out, can't see something to stay alive. But Haig tells us what kept him alive and why it is important to get through this instead of committing suicide. This topic - depressions, anxiety - is actually very very important, but no one talkes about it, people often don't see it as a real desease. But it is important to talk about it, the make people understand, to safe people from that. It is shocking to read, it is hard sometimes, but it's worth it. It's a very important book everyone should read to know about this topic, to know about this desease and what it do to people who suffer from it. It makes people understand - maybe not everything but still a lot. I just can highly recommend it. To everyone, because it's so important to know! Thank you, Matt Haig, for sharing those dark things with us, for helping us understand that!

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  • We're all total bastards, us humans, but also totally wonderful.

    Reasons to Stay Alive

    Ein LovelyBooks-Nutzer

    31. May 2015 um 11:50

    Dieses Buch ist nicht nur für jene, die an Depressionen leiden oder für die, die jemanden kennen, der an Depressionen leidet. Dieses Buch ist für alle. Als ich es las, begann ich nicht nur Depressionen oder generell physische Krankheiten besser zu verstehen, sondern auch das Leben selbst. Matt Haig zeigt uns, was im Leben wichtig ist, was es ausmacht. Gleichzeitig schreibt er aber auch wahrheitsgemäß und aufrichtig über das Leben und die Welt. Das Leben kann nämlich nicht immer perfekt sein und von der Welt brauchen wir gar nicht erst anzufangen.  Ich habe dieses Buch, das eine Mischung aus Sachbuch, Autobiografie und Lebensratgeber ist, überwältigend gefunden. Matt Haigs Schreibstil ist durch Witz, Weisheit und vor allem Gefühl durchzogen und hat mich von der ersten Seite an überzeugt. Er findet die Worte und zeigt uns was es wirklich heißt zu leben.

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