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Wabi Sabi: Timeless Wisdom for a Stress-Free Life
According to the American Psychological Association, more than one in five Americans experience extreme stress on a daily basis. In an age when most people spend more time looking at a computer screen than out a window, and when human interaction flies by at the speed of an email, it’s no wonder we’re a society searching for a sense of meaning and purpose.
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Hardcover, 164 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing
(first published November 1st 2012)
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A truly disappointing read. I have been seeking material on wabi sabi for quite some time and gladly added this book to my collection on the topic. Ultimately I found it ambitious but unfocused in its efforts to move beyond the more common applications of wabi sabi to design to the topics more associated with self-help. I agree there may be a good application of wabi sabi concepts to self-help but this is not the book that does it. Concepts are not fully elaborated upon, especially that of "rest ...more
After reading this book I highlighted for myself some areas which I can apply the things I learned to, but there were also many things I don't think I'll ever apply and they just didn't resonate with me. Also, I am quite sure I found several small spelling errors, which I didn't really like; unless I am wrong.
The editor missed a lot when reviewing the English translation of this book. Grammar and spelling errors are fairly common and in some cases make the sentence impossible to understand. That being said, I thought this was a nice introduction to wabi sabi, as someone who isn't familiar with it. More than anything, it makes me want to find more detailed texts about wabi sabi.
This book is rather difficult to read due to several reasons. First the translation is "off" in many places. Second, I am totally unfamiliar with Wabi Sabi, so the ideas were challenging and even confusing in some places. Lastly, the book is long and this author's life experiences are very different from mine, so some of the context wasn't very clear for me.
There are not many books written about Wabi Sabi. It is interesting but I had to re-read some paragraphs as the translation was confusing sometimes.It looks at Wabi Sabi from different perspectives and I would recommend it as a good introduction.