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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb in all respects save one - buy it, read it, love it, 12 Jun 2004
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This review is from: For Tibet, with Love: A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World (Paperback)
There are six great things about this book, and one that sucks.
1. It's genuinely inspiring. The premise is simple: author decides to change the world for the better; author goes out and does it. This is her account of HOW she did it, and it's a genuinely inspiring story.
2. Isabel writes in a completely unique voice. I thnk the book is worth the asking price just for Isabel's prose style alone. She carries the reader along with breathless enthusiasm, forceful convication and not inconsiderable wit.
3. I get kind of skeptical when people tell me a book is 'a real page turner', but this one really is. I just intended to dip into it briefly and was still glued, late for a meeting and oblivious of my surroundings, 100 pages later.
4. It ain't heavy. It deals with heavy themes, for sure, and handles them very well. But the book itself is hugely enjoyable to read, and very entertaining. Not many non-fic authors can manage this trick.
5. It's a good companion to the author's previous book, 'The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment'. If that book can be seen as the author looking inward and seeking to improve herself, this one is about looking outward and seeking to improve the world. BPR was great, and put Isabel on the map. This one is ever better.
6. It's thorough, detailed and informative. Isabel must have amassed one heck of a lot of material to create this book, and it has all been distilled in a way which is elegant, easy to follow and frequently funny.
So what sucks?
It's the title: "For Tibet with love". This could put a lot of people off. Some will think it's just about Tibet (it isn't), some will think it's a travel book (niet) and some will think it's a dreary slice of single-issue politics (nope). The sub-title is much better and should have been the main title: "A beginner's guide to changing the world". This is really what the book is all about. The publishers (Bloomsbury) should have spotted this. They should also have found a decent cover design (as opposed to a limp sprinkling of Tibet/Buddhist cliches-by-numbers) and put Isabel's website address on the back cover in letters you can actually read without a microscope. But, bless, they're only publishers and can't be expected to perform above their level of competence.
I give this book my highest possible recommendation, 10 of 10 with three gold stars and a chocolate biscuit.
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