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In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed Paperback – 1 September 2005
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Presents an eloquent case for a thorough re-examination of priorities and shows how even subtle shifts in the way we live can have a very real effect on our well-being ― GUARDIAN
Engaging ― INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Readable and persuasive... it is virtually impossible to read Honore's book without deciding to take things, you know, a little slower from now on ― IRISH TIMES
His advice is too grounded in day-to-day practicality to be guilty of didacticism or whimsy... read this uplifting and enlightening book very soon; but do, please, take your time ― TLS
"Engagingly written and filled with interesting detail... a timely manifesto for a more civilised world." ― SUNDAY TIMES Culture, 6 August
Presents an eloquent case for a thorough re-examination of priorities and shows how even subtle shifts in the way we live can have a very real effect on our well-being. ― THE GUARDIAN, 20 August
"Engaging." ― THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, 14 August
Readable and persuasive... it is virtually impossible to read Honore's book without deciding to take things, you know, a little slower from now on. ― THE IRISH TIMES, 27 August
His advice is too grounded in day-to-day practicality to be guilty of didacticism or whimsy... read this uplifting and enlightening book very soon; but do, please, take your time. ― TLS, 30 Sept
- Publisher : Orion; 1st edition (1 September 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0752864149
- ISBN-13 : 978-0752864143
- Dimensions : 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 91,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That former book is about the Slow Movement in academia. This present book is about the Slow Movement more generally. It shows through anecdotes and discussion how slowing down improves enjoyment of many aspects of life: food, living in a city, health, medicine, sex, work, leisure time, educating children.
"The central tenet of the Slow philosophy is taking the time to do things properly, and thereby enjoy them more."
I’m not sure it needs a whole book to preach the message “quality, not quantity”, but maybe that’s because it’s here preaching to the converted. Taking the philosophy at its word, I resisted the temptation to skim read. Not all the stories have continued along their initial slow paths in the intervening decade; nevertheless they add up to a convincing argument for living life in the slow, but high quality, lane.
The author briefly looks at how our obsession with measuring and using time started back with the earliest of mechanical clocks but more importantly how the "needs" of mass production really gave rise to a society where time and money came to rule over more subtle and profound human needs.
If you ever feel you are stuck on the treadmill read this book and find out you are not alone and that people like you are saying "enough is enough" and taking back control of THEIR lives!
Quite a middle class book I imagine. I found it interesting to consider how the science of time pieces have effected our world and lives so markedly. Definitely worth reading, although despite its subject matter I felt I was under pressure to get it finished so I could move on to other books I had earmarked to read.
I think the chapter on raising unhurried kids was particularly important.