Originally a French novel, it is the tale of Antoine, a young, eclectic scholar, who seeks to quiet his mind and finally become happy. To do so he attempts alcoholism, considers suicide, takes antidepressants, starts body-building, makes money, and generally engages in the typical things people suggest you do when you're down. Needless to say (but I will) the results are both comical and disastrous. I like this short book, but it hit a little too close to home. Take a look at a scene from a play version of the tale.