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I loved this book! I am always running around and trying to plan adventure trips etc... etc... I just started yoga teacher training school about 3 weeks ago. I work full time and found myself exhausted and unable to complete my homework and reading for yoga. I decided to download this book and spent the last 2 weeks alone, no friends, no adventure, just work, my yoga school and this book. It's been an amazing time for self discovery. I highly recommend the read. It felt simple to me, and I could relate to a lot of the things he was going over. The food section was a little boring and over done for me, but I loved all the other chapters!
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Carl Honoré's "In Praise of Slowness" is a well-researched and thorough argument for the far-reaching benefits of slowing down, with plenty of examples of how the trend is taking hold worldwide and in many different arenas of life.<br/><br/>I am passionate about this important topic and appreciate the care with which the author treats it. But I also found the presentation of the material to be oddly disjoint from its theme -- to me, the book itself feels more self-help and less persuasion, and is somewhat combative: full of facts and arguments, with the extensive use of words and phrases like "cult of speed," "crusade," and "movement". In other words, the impression the book leaves me with is more "fast" than I find comfortable, given the subject-matter and intent. Perhaps the intense narration somewhat reinforces this impression, especially knowing that the narrator is also the author.<br/><br/>In contrast, the exceptionally beautiful and deeply medatative "World Enough & Time" by Christian McEwen, exudes slowness -- and by virtue of deeply fulfilling its intent is far more persuastive and attractive in comparison.<br/><br/>Nevertheless, I do appreciate what Mr. Honoré has done and applaud him for taking on this deeply-ingrained cultural issue, even if it's done in a way I do not entirely resonate with.
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