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Not a self-help book - but still surprisingly helpful,
This review is from: The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come True (Hardcover)
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Almost everyone, including the author has mentioned that this isn't a self-help book. However I did find it helpful in a variety ways. Even just from the very obvious of "My god what the heck have I got to feel sorry for myself about when you look what this guy has been through?" type thing. But more subtly, given that Espinosa is astonishingly sanguine about his own difficult experiences it did make me reconsider some of my own choices.
The 23 discoveries were interesting. During some of them it became very apparent that Spinoza is Spanish. Perhaps some of his comments are more surprising to an English audience - perhaps it's just me. I did find the 'sharing out the life' of his friends who had died section very moving.
I've lent it to two friends - one loved it and one hated - and not the way around that I guessed I would be. I actually think it's one of those books that you have to decide about for yourself - perhaps it has different messages for us all.