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I think The Subtle Art... might have had more impact upon me if I was 20-something instead of 59-years-old. The language isn't really an issue (it just becomes another word that doesn't even seem to have much meaning); it's more that Manson is repetitive and doesn't offer anything original that most people haven't learned for themselves in a few decades of experience. For me, the same ideas are expressed much more elegantly, cogently, and thoroughly in The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.
2,479 of 2,754 people found this review helpful
I think their is some merit to the ideas of Mark Manson, but they do not give enough content for a whole book, which was rather a waste of time. The first parts of the book were interesting, but later on it was just dragging on and on with no real content. Most of the writing is " I think" rather than "I know" - there are rarely examples or evidence. It's like a living-room chat with a friend.
You could probably sum this book up in a 20 min TED talk without losing anything that matters...
878 of 987 people found this review helpful
The first part of the book, with its slight over use of vulgar language, gives a different perspective on how to approach life. I liked the description of where best to place your "f**ks to give".
Unfortunately the second half of the book descends into waffle about the authors life experiences, which are not particularly interesting.
75 of 85 people found this review helpful
its not for everyone, dont know if its right for me, but it made me hopefull, and thats somerhing I havent fellt in a long time
65 of 75 people found this review helpful
This starts out really punchy, with great humour. But it soon descends into cookie-cutter self help preaching. Ironic that it points out the problems with exceptionalism early on, then goes on to base lessons around the stories of exceptional people. The book may offer some perspective for younger adults, but if you're pushing middle age you've already learned what's worth giving a f*ck about.
74 of 85 people found this review helpful
Just another self-help book that has you nodding in places but leaves you empty. The fuck word is completely unnecessary but obviously used to boost sales. In a nutshell you're going to die, so make sure you care about the important things in life.
87 of 101 people found this review helpful