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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.
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.
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.
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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I love the concept of slowing down and appreciate the examples he gives on ways we can slow down in our lives to improve our enjoyment, fulfillment, and relationships. He provides facts and studies that support his theory of slowness. some of the examples (for example knitting) are a bit long and drawn out. I think his point would have easily been understood and relayed without a few pages of each chapter.