- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (22 Sept. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408866730
- ISBN-13: 978-1408866733
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2.9 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Hardcover – 22 Sep 2015
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If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her . Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in (Jennifer Egan, New York Times Book Review)
A writer of incandescent talent (Annie Proulx)
Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery (Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review)
Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent (New Yorker)
Readers prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches (Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times)
Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous . By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too (San Francisco Chronicle)
Charming . Her tone is relentlessly endearing. It's like talking to your hippy-est friend, the one who never turns up at the right bar but always makes you feel great once she's got there . Some great stuff about the power of ideas themselves, about how utterly useless emotions such as fear are when trying to do anything creative, and why we all have a right to live creatively (The Debrief)
Gilbert writes about enchantment and wonder, but her feet are always firmly on the ground .Eminently practical . Witty and self-aware, she never urges her readers to just follow their dreams or to believe that they can't fail, or any of the usual platitudes often thrown at people with creative ambitions . It's all very refreshing . In almost every section of Big Magic I found something that rang perfectly true to my situation, something that helped me to view my work and creative stumbling blocks in a new and more productive way . Whether you're worried about getting started, burning out, making money, failing or even succeeding, there is something in this book that will speak to you (Irish Times)
Gilbert offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of creativity, and she delivers the vibrant message that we can all find, and create, magic (Veggie)
Doing that [Turning fear into a positive force in your life] starts simply by acknowledging that having fear isn't the same as letting it control you. In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert describes this brilliantly, explaining that living life healthily alongside fear is like taking it on a road trip (Top Sante Health and Beauty)
I was feeling fragile about quite a few exciting projects that were up in the air. This book, which is all about creativity, helped me recognise anxiety is just part of the creative process, which made me much more accepting of the way I was feeling. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love - she's so open and makes me laugh. I buy this for loved ones and recommend it to clients and students who I think will find it inspiring (Eve Menezes Cunningham Fit & Well)
Absurdly comforting (Mslexia)
'[Listeners] prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches.' (The Sunday Times)
'Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent.' (The New Yorker)
'Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery.' (The New York Times Book Review)
'Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous. By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too.' (San Francisco Chronicle)
'If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her. Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the [listener] only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in.' (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Some more rationality-loving readers might find the beginning of the book a little “out there” as Gilbert attempts to make sense of how creativity works in her own life. The theory that ideas are floating around in the universe looking for an owner was a big stretch for me, and the anecdote involving Ann Patchett is something I, personally, would file under “extraordinary coincidence.” Despite this, Gilbert’s endearing and self-effacing writing style means she comes across as passionate without being dogmatic, and encouraging without being pretentious.
Although the first couple of sections read more like magical realism, the rest of the book is down-to-earth and sensible, packed with valuable insights, suggestions and advice. Topics she covers include self-ownership (taking responsibility for your creative life), education vs. experience, commitment, not needing a permission slip, dealing with other people’s judgements and opinions and how to "follow your passion” when you have no clue what your passion is.
She also tackles pervasive creativity-related myths, such as those of the impoverished artist and the tortured artist. Rather than leaving our creative fate in the hands of the universe, Gilbert’s message is clear: stop complaining, show up, don’t wait for permission, and avoid getting distracted by things like discussions about high art vs. low art.
In other words, just focus on creating—and enjoy it.
A disappointing book.
The book is based around 'The law of attraction' principal. I'm on the fence about that but the book has helped me a lot with gratitude. I suffer from anxiety, depression and negative thinking. Elizabeth Gilbert talks about so many things to be grateful for... things that didn't even cross my mind. The exercises helped, especially keeping a gratitude journal. Even if you are on the fence about 'The law of attraction' there is still some great advice to take away from this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this insight into and musing on creativity and all that goes with it. Now time to get on with my own creativity...Published 12 days ago by Amelia Calvert
Very god book. So inspirational. I wI'm you reccomend this to everyone :)Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible narrative - totally immersed in itftom start to finish - inspiring and super helpfulPublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
wonderfully written and with content that speaks to my soul. Elizabeth simply and beautifully gives you permission to fall in love with your creativity and have fun with it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by The Art of Sparkle
I didnt read much books in the past. Started reading some self development books, because I couldnt finish any project.
Couldnt seat my ass down and work to the end. Read more
I completely adored this book from cover to cover! The way Elizabeth writes it just so colourful and captivating. Definitely recommend for all you curious creatives out there.Published 24 days ago by Kait
Brilliant book, a must for all creative types struggling with being productive, trusting their instincts and wondering what happened to their muse. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emmy L Yeadon