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L'art de la Simplicité (The English Edition): How to Live More With Less Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like another reviewer I started making changes to my living spaces before I had finished reading this book. I found it totally inspirational. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PJ
This book contains so much wisdom. It breaks down perfectly how to live a simple healthy happy life. A mustPublished 5 months ago by Sha
Both my partner and I enjoy a clutter free home and aspire for a simpler life, and have enjoyed previous books like this one... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Inspired by book to reduce my hoarding tendencies, & indulge my yearning for a simpler, clutter free home. I've a long way to go though.....Published 11 months ago by Maria S
I agree with other reviewers about the prescriptive and judgemental overtones of this book but... I still completely loved it! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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