In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed
Across the western world more and more people are slowing down. Slower is better: better work, better productivity, better exercise, better sex, better food.
DON'T HURRY, BE HAPPY.
Almost everyone complains about the hectic pace of their lives. These days, our culture teaches that faster is better. But in the race to keep up, everything suffers - our work, diet and healt...more
I read this book quickly. It dealt with the most important issues very efficiently. It was a good use of my time.
Therein lies the issue, or more precisely why I can only give it four, not five, stars.
The book originated in a series of articles Carl Honore wrote for the “National Post”.
It’s well-researched, well thought out, well structured, tells a good story, makes good use of relevant quotations, it’s never boring (though once I’d worked all of this out, I was glad when the end wa ...more
Sure, slow food is a great concept, but I hoped for more out of this book. I'm not interested in reading about 'movements' in a way that's trying to get me involved in them. I'm interested in reading about concepts that make me think harder about life.
I thought this book was going to be lots of the latter with little of the former, but it was just the opposite. So, about 1/4 of the way throug ...more
One question I felt was left unanswered is this: What do we sacrifice when we slow down? It is abundantly clear what we gain. But what are the opportunity costs? Obviously the trade-o ...more
I've learned that the Slow Movement has its own website: http://www.slowmovement.com/
And the author of the book, Carl Honoré, has a TED talk from 2005: http://www.ted.com/talks/carl_honore_...
And his own website: http://www.carlhonore.com/
The book is an im ...more
The problem I had with the book is that throughout, the whole thing feels dated. Not only in his specific examples of technology (this was published before the iphone, for example), but in his general conviction that this is a "worldwide movement," which it may be, but I've never seen it outside this particular book.
Each chapter is devoted to one facet of human existen ...more
I was about a third of the way through the book and still felt like I was reading the introduction. You know the part where ideas are presented to be expounded on as the book progresses, except I was a third of the way through the book and it was clear that this was how the book was going to continu ...more
Here are some of my favorite quotes or experiences shared in this book:
"The problem is that our love of speed, our obsession with doing more and more in less and less time, has gone too far; it has turned into an addiction, a kind of idolatry."
"Inevitably, a ...more
In Praise of Slow[ness], on the other hand, is arrestingly bad. The idea that we live in a culture that values velocity should be obvious even to the most inept of observers, and it takes no great genius to react against these pressures. But Carl Honoré is apparently blin ...more
By the times I was in the last half of the book I found myself so tired of repetitive prose and useless anecdotal evidence that I tended ...more
The author tries to legitimize the 'Slow Movement" argument by distancing himself from New Age gurus and mystics. Unfortunately, he plays it *too* safe and offers up a very bland recipe for living Slow:
+ Don't rely on the microwave; cook your meals, ...more
As a self-confessed turtle, when I first heard about this book back in ’05 I thought it would speak my language. It didn’t. My book mark said I read the first chapter.
There are good ideas and I wholeheartedly agree with his premise which is to slow down and appreciate life more. Heck, my cats teach me that every day! Grab a cup of your favorite refreshment, a book or rosary, and curl up with your fluffy pet. Get off the computer! (Gon ...more
The nice things: I agreed with probably like, 80% of this book, and with all of Honoré's major points. We should, as a society, slow down. We're all run ragged by our obsession with doing as much as possible in as little time as possible. Burnout, isolation, and depression are rampant in our culture, and that has probably only changed for the worse since this book was publishe ...more
I really appreciated his praise of homeschooling. I also valued his point that people are speeding through tasks and through time as a distraction away from the thought of death or the emptiness of the post-modern world. ...more
"At the gate, I join the back end of a long lineup, where there is nothing to do except, well, nothing."
"My whole life has turned into an exercise in hurry, in packing more and more into every hour."
"These days, the whole world is time-sick. We all belong to the same cult of speed."
". . . Japan, where the locals have a word--karoshi--that means 'death by overwork.'"
"Overwork is a health hazard in other ways, too. It leaves less time and energy for exercise, and makes us more likely ...more
So why just a two-star “It was OK” rating? Mainly because I didn’t feel like I learned anything. I didn’t experience any eureka moments triggered by anything Honoré says that made me look at my ...more
I have a habit of listening to books at a faster speed, and I found that ironic when starting this book. I promptly slowed it down a bit (not to normal reading speeds, mind you. I wanted to stay awake for the entirety of the book. lol).
Honore extols the virtues of not rushing through our lives. He's not recommending we abandon technology or move to a deserted island, but to find areas of our lives we can slow down a bit and appreciate more of what ...more