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The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come True

The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come True [Kindle Edition]

Albert Espinosa
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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It's the book everyone's talking about. Albert Espinosa's The Yellow World is a heartwarming insight into how he has learnt to live a happy life (Mail on Sunday)

deeply moving (Top Santé)

A word-of-mouth sensation (Guardian)

The book is full of ... self-deprecating humour (Matthew Campbell The Times)

An extraordinary character (The Observer)

The Yellow World is a sunny, wildly optimistic utopia (The Sunday Times)

A spiritual classic... (Kate Spicer Sunday Times Style)

Thank you for sharing your wisdoms ... You make me smile (Elle Macpherson)

Written with a wonderful sense of mischief and a steadfast lack of self-pity - he held a farewell party for his leg on the night before its amputation. There are passages on illness and death which are curiously life-affirming (Arifa Akbar Independent, Books of the Year)

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Albert Espinosa never wanted to write a book about surviving cancer, so he didn't. He wrote a book instead about the Yellow World. What is the yellow world? The yellow world is a world that's within everyone's reach, a world the colour of the sun. It is the name of a way of living, of seeing life, of nourishing yourself with the lessons that you learn from good moments as well as bad ones. It is the world that makes you happy, the world you like living in. The yellow world has no rules; it is made of discoveries.

In these 23 Discoveries Albert shows us how to connect daily reality with our most distant dreams. He tells us that 'losses are positive', 'the word "pain" doesn't exist', and 'what you hide the most reveals the most about you'.

Albert Espinosa has won several battles with death, which is why his stories are so full of life. He is powerful because he never gives up. And as a last resort he bargains: he swapped a leg and a lung for his life. He has learnt how to lose in order to win. He's hyperactive and prefers losing sleep to losing experiences. If you want to tell him something it has to be very good or told very fast. He loves to provoke people but he does it to make provocations seem normal. His greatest hope is that after you have read this book you will go off in search of your yellow world.

Albert Espinosa is a bestselling author. At the age of thirteen, Albert was diagnosed with cancer, an event that changed his life forever. When he was fourteen, his left leg had to be amputated. At sixteen his left lung was removed, and when he was eighteen part of his liver was taken out. After ten years in and out of hospitals, when he was finally told that he had been cured of the disease, he realised that his illness had taught him that what is sad is not dying, but rather not knowing how to live.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846146690
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096YP5CE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, I would not call this a self help book by any stretch of the imagination so if that is what you are hoping for, don't buy it. What it is, is an entertaining comedic account of Espinosa's 10 year experience with his Cancer. The one thing it is, is upbeat and light. There is no wallowing in self pity or morose thoughts, even though he lost a leg and lung and part of his liver to Cancer (or as he would say, he exchanged them for his life) he keeps optimistic and positive throughout. It is heartwarming to read of the friends he made and lost to Cancer along the way but how each friend is remembered by the pearl of wisdom they imparted to Espinosa so that instead of grieving for his friends, he carries their inspiration with him.

I have survived Cancer and so I know that positivity throughout really does make a difference, too many people continue to live in fear of death after their diagnosis and that can just drag you down but the author's way of looking at life is inspirational and although it is not really an instructional book on how to.... the whole foundation of his approach is one that can be taken up by any of us going through a difficult time. Too many of us today see imperfection as a problem and Espinosa is trying to say, accept the negatives and the things they change, there is no right way there are just many facets which one can look at and see things in a different way. Losses should be embraced and then let go and then embrace the changes they bring not mourned. For each loss leaves a space for something else to enter your life, welcome it. And my piece of inspiration is as far as cancer is concerned, 'Cancer is not a battle but an endurance test - do not waste your strength trying to beat it when you need to save everything you have for the long haul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really special 7 Oct 2013
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I am a bit perplexed by this book's rave reviews. It is quite readable, indeed an interesting and colourful insight into the author's life experience, and his acceptance of mortality. However, unless the notion of self reflection is new to you, or there is a deficit in self awareness, then this doesn't have much to offer. In fact at times, I feel it has been written in a state of hypomania with some rather wacky suggestions as to how to fully appreciate one's life. For instance, does it really matter what colour your folders may be, or how life changing postponing reading an e-mail for 30 minutes can be revelatory? His advice is wholly personal, and needs to be taken just as that, not as a general philosophy. For those who have previously not considered examining their feelings, then this may be revelatory, but otherwise just see it as a good read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Read 1 Nov 2012
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I am generally not really one to sit down and take a few minutes out of my day to review items I have purchased, however only being 3 chapters into the book I felt compelled to actually share my views.

I was slightly worried when purchasing this book that it may encompass the characteristic's of just another self help book however I have found Albert's journey which he tells in the book inspirational and the lessons which he has learn't practical to everyone's life. After loosing my dad very recently to cancer, I can bring myself to understand only a minute amount of what this man has been through, and for him to have this outlook on life is truly remarkable and admiral.

An amazing read so far, and great if you ever need reminding never to sweat the small stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 18 Dec 2012
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I bought this in response to an article in the Sundat Times. Disappointed with the book compared to newspaper review. It's an interesting read from perspective of a cancer patient particularly one who spent a lot of time in hospital during his youth but not the inspirational book I expected it to be.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow World 7 Nov 2012
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Having waited eagerly for the English translation to be published since first reading an article about this book eight months ago, I read it in one sitting on the day it was published. I have a young friend (30yrs old) who has osteosarcoma and currently going through the second, extremely depleting, course of chemotherapy after a leg amputation. I was hoping this book would provide some informed help and strategies to cope as she battles with it now, as much as any hope and encouragement it might offer for the future.

Whilst I do not doubt the sincerity with which the book was written I am doubtful it will. I found it repetitive and not that well expressed; it left me feeling confused and disappointed.

Espinosa was fourteen when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, he spent the next ten years or so in and out of hospital, and has been cancer free for the past ten years or so. Most of his developing philosophy in that first decade, which is the focus of the whole book, expresses the different ways he found the strength to cope, at that age, with such dire circumstances. However, they are less relevant to anyone older living with cancer today. At best, it is a way of 'viewing' the world and valuing every moment we are granted - with or without cancer; more poignant perhaps because he was one of those who survived when many of the 'friends' he met in his ten years or so in and out of hospital did not. BUT - this included many who were aged and also many who had different types of cancer. Apart from mentioning the term: osteosarcoma, there is little specifically about this particular cancer or indeed, any other type.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story, this is a personal account of a man's battle to...
This a fairly lightweight book but taken from the real experiences of a man suffering from cancer. It fits into the spiritual plane of the strength of the human mind to overcome... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Gary White
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming book of short essays; inspirational thoughts on surviving...
It's impossible to properly categorise this book. Essentially it's the thoughts of Albert Espinosa as he reflected on his long, long battle with cancer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. I. McCulloch
2.0 out of 5 stars Twee and facile
Unfortunately I was expecting something else when I ordered this, and after reading some of the more effusive reviews: I don't know; something a bit different, something, perhaps,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by still searching
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming and positive
I love the positivity of this book, to take a long battle with cancer and turn it into a little ray of sunshine to brighten up the lives of others, to encourage a positive mental... Read more
Published 2 months ago by taylzo
4.0 out of 5 stars yelow world
Albert Espinosa never wanted to write a book about surviving cancer, so he didn't. He wrote a book instead about the Yellow World. What is the yellow world? Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Dale
3.0 out of 5 stars recommended
This is one lovely book, nice quality paper, great quality printing, and I was absolutely hooked by it...couldnt put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Hammond
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice book to dip into from time to time
I really had no idea what to expect with The Yellow World. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction (okay, make that hardly any non-fiction) but for some reason I was intrigued by the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Catherine (The Book Parade)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow World
This is not a self-help book. It's the most self-deprecating and humorous account of life (from the perspective of a cancer patient) that I have ever had the deep pleasure to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by southcoastreviewer
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Published 4 months ago by kevin j morley
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
This is such an unusual book! I had no idea when I bought it that it was about cancer. I was drawn to the cover and abstract design, it intrigued me, it still does. Read more
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