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Sloth by Wendy Wasserstein
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Jan 02, 2010

did not like it
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This series by Oxford University Press on "The Seven Deadly Sins" looked interesting, but "Sloth" did not fulfill any expectations.

It was supposed to be funny, I know. I even could tell how and where it was supposed to be funny. But it seemed endlessly repetitive and whiney and pointless instead.

Who wants to support capitalist greed or the result of self-centered striving? (well ok, I could name a few people, but...) I agree, organized religion is mostly a sham. For most of us, dreams are just...dreams. Connections, looks, money--they all trump hard work. Our lives are overscheduled, we need to slow down.

But...this tongue-in-cheek advice is for the priveleged few. For most of the world, not working is not surviving. It's not a joke.

I don't often give up on books, but this one beat me half way through.

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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 1 star

Amy Although I do not agree with your statement "organized religion is mostly a sham," I agree with your opinion of Sloth. I could barely get through the first chapter.

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