Terry Miller, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Terry Miller)
I loved this book, it is a "wake up and smell the roses" reminder for all of us. In fact, if I could afford it, I would give a copy to everyone I know and all the people I see that obviously need to slow down. We all need to learn to enjoy the moment, not just rush through the journey to get to the end.
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Tams, October 30, 2009 (view all comments by Tams)
All about a higher quality of life based on slowing the pace of your life in order to enjoy it more. We can all use a little more enjoyment in our lives.
I highly recommend this book!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A former 'speedaholic,' an award-winning Canadian journalist advocates living a slower, more measured existence, in virtually every area, a philosophy he defines as 'balance.' Honoré's personal wake-up call came when he began reading one-minute bedtime stories to his two-year-old son in order to save time. The absurdity of this practice dramatized how he, like most of the world, was caught up in a speed culture that probably began with the Industrial Revolution, was spurred by urbanization and increased dramatically with 20th-century advances in technology. The author explores, in convincing and skillful prose, a quiet revolution known as 'the slow movement,' which is attempting to integrate the advances of the information age into a lifestyle that is marked by an 'inner slowness' that gives more depth to relationships with others and with oneself. Although there is no official movement, Honoré credits Carol Petrini, an Italian culinary writer and founder of the slow food movement in Italy, with spearheading the trend to using fresh local foods, grown with sustainable farming techniques that are consumed in a leisurely manner with good company. The author also explores other slow movements, such as the practice of Tantric sex (mindful sexual union as a road to enlightenment), complementary and alternative medicine, new urbanism and the importance of leisure activities like knitting, painting and music. For the overprogrammed and stressed, slow and steady may win the race. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"Honoré shows us the benefits of slowness, with chapters on food, transportation, meditation and exercise, medicine, sex, work, and parenting....[T]his book presents ideas and resources that will be new to most readers."
by Los Angeles Times Book Review,
"A persuasive case against mindless speed and an intriguing array of ways 'to make the moment last.'"
"A friendly and intelligent guide for harried types looking to change gear at home, work or play."
by Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age and The End of Nature,
"It is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chance of changing your life."
by Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reninventing Medicine,
"If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life — In Praise of Slowness could prove life-saving."
by Minneapolis Star Tribune,
"Part reportage and part manifesto, In Praise of Slowness is an engaging, well-written journey into the various ways that people around the globe have attempted to live more patiently."
"Honoré's engaging report should be embraced by those with quality-of-life and environmental concerns."
A challenging take on the cult of speed, as well as a corrective look at how people can approach their lives with new understanding, this book uncovers an international movement of those dedicated to slowing down and enjoying a fuller, richer life.
In the tradition of such trailblazing books as No Logo and The Tipping Point, In Praise of Slow heralds a growing international movement of people dedicated to slowing down the pace of our contemporary times and enjoying a richer, fuller life as a result.
These days, almost everyone complains about the hectic pace of their lives. We live in a world where speed rules and everyone is under pressure to go faster. But when speed is king, anyone or anything that gets in our way, that slows us down, becomes an enemy. Thanks to speed, we are living in the age of rage.
Carl Honore has discovered a movement that is quickly working its way into the mainstream. Groups of people are developing a recipe for living better in a fast-paced, modern environment by striving for a new balance between fast and slow. In an entertaining and hands-on investigation of this new movement, Honore takes us from a Tantric sex workshop in a trendy neighbourhood in London, England to Bra, Italy, the home of the Slow Food, Slow Cities and Slow Sex movements. He examines how we can continue to live productive lives by embracing the tenets of the slow movement.
A challenging take on the cult of speed, as well as a corrective look at how we can approach our lives with new understanding, In Praise of Slow uncovers a movement whose time has come.
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