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L'art de la Simplicité (The English Edition): How to Live More With Less by [Loreau, Dominique]
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... in this beautiful book, Dominique Loreau shows to incorporate simplicity into all aspects of your life. (Woman's Way)

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To simplify your life is to enrich it. Discover the magic of simplicity in this international bestseller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; English ed edition (21 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017KE592W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lovely little book. Just reading it makes you feel calm. And then ready to de-clutter your mind and home.
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Good read with sound practical advice.
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Format: Paperback
I wanted to like this, but the author came across as arrogant and judgemental. She included a quote from the 1940's saying 'when we put on weight we die a little. We lose our looks and our elegance...' Alright, love, let's not get too dramatic.
If you love minimalism her advice will appeal, but not if you like a bit of colour. Interiors must only be black, white or grey *sigh*
Throw away your blankets. When it's cold at night you only need a cashmere pashmina to wrap yourself in. The smugness will keep you warm.
All you should have in your handbag is lipstick, ID and cash. Not very practical advice. How are you going to have immaculate Zen hair without a hairbrush? What do you wipe your childs nose with, the ID or the cash?
There are some good ideas buried in the book, but delivered in a haughty manner which grates with me.
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This should be called 'L'art de la Simplicité according to one specific person'. Don't expect this to be a self-help tome because the prescriptions are entirely down to the author's own beliefs, prejudices and tastes. It can be enjoyable to read about what other people think and how they behave, but there wasn't much here to inspire really. I preferred The Life-changing Power of Tidying Up because it did make me instigate some changes and it had a few very good ideas about how you should do things. Here not so much.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is just a highly prescriptive attempt to foist the author's taste on your life choices, perpetuating the myth of Asian superiority in matters spiritual, and French superiority in matters of style and fashion. Extremely annoying, arrogant and self-indulgent.

I was expecting some Zen inspired guide on how to be more content with your lot and less cluttered in your living space, instead what I found was some "fashion fascist" rant about what is good taste (the author's) and what isn't (anyone else's). For example you are only allowed to own clothes or decorate your home in the colours black, white, grey or beige; this needs telling of course, lest - quel horreur! - any of the non-French readers have less fashion sense and might prefer bright blue or dark red, and we can't be having that in a minimalist home now, can we!

The author keeps contradicting herself when encouraging you to be an individual, while giving very definitive and prescriptive instructions - not to say commends! - on how exactly to do that. From your wardrobe and furnishings (where you should buy as expensive as possible, because "quality lasts longer", and of course a higher price always guarantees higher quality...), through cosmetics (where you should use only glycerine soap, vinegar and oil, because anything else is an overpriced rip off and "full of chemicals" - though a woman MUST wear nail-varnish, French style, of course...), to cleaning (where you should pretty much own no other products but bleach (not at all dubious from an environmental, exposing yourself to harsh chemicals, point of view, see cosmetics...) for absolutely everything there is a correct way, and that's the author's way, and her way only.
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Bought for my daughter in an endeavour to organise her life. Have read it myself and found it clear and intelligent. Basically common sense advice. Most of us need a jolt now and again to make us realise how materialistic we have become and how unnecessary most of the "stuff" we accumulate is unnecessary and only adds to extra dusting, cleaning, storing etc. Clearing out excess baggage, clears the mind. The Buddhist philosophy of "the less we have the less we worry about" fits the content of this book admirably.
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This is an extraordinary book that I can't put down ! It is very well written, in an encouraging style ( which really works ! ); and provokes deep thinking. None of the suggested changes are scary, but very do-able. These changes ( over time ), are contrived to make you / your home / & your lifestyle " feel better "; and this is exactly what happens ! During the past fortnight I have started a major de-clutter .The net result is that various things are now at the auction house, and the local charity shop now has another thirty books !
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A simpler more fulfilling way of life. An alternative to today's rampant consumerism, stress and impatience. Wonderful! A better way.
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