"Eagleton's witty eclecticism is perfect for such a lofty subject, but would it be inappropriate to ask for more?Leoppold Froelich, Playboy
"The Meaning of Life may be 'lie' relative to how much more a scholar like Mr. Eagleton might have said, but it is still a work that demands close attention from readers who are already well grounded in literature and philosophy."Mark Grannis, The Washington Times
"The news that Terry Eagleton has tackled the meaning of life in a book of a mere 185 pages shouldn't raise any eyebrows. If anyone can pull it off, it's probably him. Eagleton, unsurprisingly, has written an elegant, literate, cogent consideration of a maddeningly slippery topic, one whose conclusions run contrary to conventional wisdom, especially in this country."Laura Miller, Salon.com
"Eagleton's is unlike most works on life's meaning, in which writers often invoke theology. Eagleton's notion of love may seem to lead back to theism, but he shows us we can have meaningful lives whatever our theology, and he invites us all to choose. He deserves a place in most collections."Leslie Armour, Library Journal
"Regardless of whether you agree with him, you'll find yourself challenged by this little book."Houston Chronicle"