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In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

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  • Library Binding: 321 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435293630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435293632
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,353,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Life is getting faster, no doubt about it. We rush everything: we eat fast food, have quickie sex, drive like maniacs, and compete hard for fast-paced jobs. We wish to slow down and slack off, but we're afraid we'll fail. The big secret is that slower people succeed, and slow often works better than fast. A London-based journalist, Honore shows us the benefits of slowness, with chapters on food, transportation, meditation and exercise, medicine, sex, work, and parenting. In all these areas, people are making organized efforts toward slower, stress-free methods, and he provides some concrete examples (Italy's Slow Food and Slow City movements, a Tantric sex workshop in London, Japan's new approach to schooling)....This book presents ideas and resources that will be new to most readers and is recommended for both public and academic libraries."
--"Library Journal Review
"A former 'speedaholic, ' an award-winning Canadian journalist advocates living a slower, more measured existence, in virtually every area, a philosophy he defines as 'balance.' The author explores, in convincing and skillful prose, a quiet revolution known as 'the slow movement, ' which is attempting to integrate the advances of the information age into a lifestyle that is marked by an 'inner slowness' that gives more depth to relationships with others and with oneself. For the overprogrammed and stressed, slow and steady may win the race."
--"Publisher's Weekly
"Honore's engaging report should be embraced by those with quality-of-life and environmental concerns."
--"Booklist
"Try reading this book one chapter a day -- it is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chanceof changing your life."
--Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age" and" The End of Nature
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"The speed of life borders on insanity for an increasing number of us, and the price we pay is the erosion of our happiness and health. If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life -- and who doesn't? -- Carl Honore's In Praise of Slow could prove life-saving."
--Larry Dossey, MD, Author: Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine"
"In this terrific book, Carl Honore gets to the heart of what's ailing western industrial societies -- our obsession with productivity, speed and consumerism -- but he doesn't stop with the gloom and doom. Instead, he shows the way out, with inspiring examples from the growing worldwide 'slow' movement. Take the time to read this important, excellently written book" -- our future depends on the ideas it contains!"
--John de Graaf, co-author, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and editor, Take Back Your Time
"It's about time someone insisted -- in intelligent, persuasive language -- that we all put on the brakes, or at least check the instruments on the dashboard. Through anecdote, statistic and argument, Honore wants to convert us to an atheism that is opposed to this culture's mad theology of speed."
-- Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate
"Entrepreneur and slow may seem like oxymorons. However, taking the time to read Carl Honore's" In Praise of Slow may be the best decision an entrepreneur, or anyone working full time, can make."
-- Gary Erickson, Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc., and Author of Raising the Bar

."..a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honor? is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"It is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chance of changing your life."--Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age and The End of Nature

"A persuasive case against mindless speed and an intriguing array of ways 'to make the moment last.'"--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A friendly and intelligent guide for harried types looking to change gear at home, work or play."--Economist

"Take the time to read this important, excellently written book -- our future depends on the ideas it contains!"--John de Graaf, co-author, AFFLUENZA: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and editor, TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

"A skillful blend of investigative reportage, history and reflection on time and our relationship to it."--BookPage

"Taking the time to read this may be the best decision an entrepreneur, manager, or anyone working full time, can make."--Gary Erickson - Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc., and author of Raising the Bar

"If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life ---- IN PRAISE OF SLOWNESS could prove life-saving."--Larry Dossey, MD -- Author: HEALING BEYOND THE BODY and REINVENTING MEDICINE

..".a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honor? is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life."--O, The Oprah Magazine

It is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chance of changing your life. --Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age and The End of Nature"

Take the time to read this important, excellently written book -- our future depends on the ideas it contains! --John de Graaf, co-author, AFFLUENZA: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and editor, TAKE BACK YOUR TIME"

If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life ---- IN PRAISE OF SLOWNESS could prove life-saving. --Larry Dossey, MD -- Author: HEALING BEYOND THE BODY and REINVENTING MEDICINE"

Taking the time to read this may be the best decision an entrepreneur, manager, or anyone working full time, can make. --Gary Erickson - Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc., and author of Raising the Bar"

A friendly and intelligent guide for harried types looking to change gear at home, work or play. --Economist"

A persuasive case against mindless speed and an intriguing array of ways to make the moment last. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

A skillful blend of investigative reportage, history and reflection on time and our relationship to it. --BookPage"

...a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honor? is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life. --O, The Oprah Magazine" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Across the western world more and more people are slowing down. Slower is better: better work, better productivity, better exercise, better sex, better food. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book acts a good reminder to the futility of pursuing growth for growth's sake - that we need to become less worried about growing GDP and more interested in growing our personal happiness and wellbeing. Most of the points will probably have already crossed the mind of anyone who has stopped to think about the absurdity of the US consumer model of growth that is rapidly being rolled out across the world, relegating people from makers, thinkers, creators, to just buyers - their sole purpose being to keep the economy ticking over. Honore does a good job of meeting a number of organisations around the world who are advocating slowness - we all know the Slow Food Movement, but there are numerous other, like the Society for the Deceleration of Time and many others. It explores Western notions of time as a finite, limited resource and contrasts this with eastern / circular views of time.

Sometimes you do get the feeling that Honore remains a bit of speed merchant, racing around the world for fleeting meetings with different advocates of ways to slow down our lives. Importantly, Honore reminds us how living slower does not mean living worse - and may not even be incompatible with capitalist models, and living slow is not solely the reserve of the monied classes. There are an awful lots of things out there which are free and fulfilling - Western societies need to wean themselves free of their obsession with possessions, shopping and keeping up with the Joneses.

It's all the more interesting when you read the AGW doubters who claim that the AGW story is just a conspiracy to lead to our suppression by Bilderberg / the G20 / global governments.
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This book appeals because the message is one that suits us.
The bumph states:- "People all over the world are reclaiming their time and slowing down the pace - and living happier, healthier and more productive lives as a result".
A small market town in Wales Llandeilo has been called The Slow food place. On reaching old age one finds eating delighfully presented fresh food, becomes one of the great highlights in life. If you've also grown the vegetables yourselves, taken time to prepare them before serving them up, preferably with organic meat, you can't do much more - other than enjoy the pleasure of eating it slowly too - which will help your body.
We see people rushing around, not enjoying what they are doing, but constantly thinking of the next job, the next buy, or the next thrill. This book talks about the stress and pressure everywhere. It doesn't have to be like that. Read it and see what you think.
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The main idea of the book is great, yes we should take the time to enjoy life instead of rushing all the time. But apart from that this booked is very ill documented and full of clichés. Italians? They hardly work and spend 7 hours eating. French? They hardly work and have 8 weeks holiday (legally French employees have 5 weeks holidays a year) and their favourite hobby is guess what: adultery!
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I have not yet read this book, this review is about the irony of receiving two substandard copies from Amazon.

So I was looking forward to reading a book about slowing down, not rushing things, "challenging the cult of speed". Unfortunatly I think the publishers and Amazon both need to challenge the cult of speed themselves! The first copy I received had uncut pages with rough edges. It had not been finished properly. Amazon sent me a replacement which had the same problem - uncut rough edges.

It seems the publishers rushed the book to production and didn't check it's quality and then sent it to Amazon in a substandard condition. After that the packers at Amazon rushed it to shipping, also without paying attention to it's condition... twice!

I still hope to read this book, but I will have to find a seller who can do quality control and only ship products of a suitable standard.

Unusually I'm not frustrated by this, I find it amusingly ironic!
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I started to order books on Amazon because the prices are very reasonable, the range of products is great, I do not need to spend time in the bookstores, simply pick a book, pay and have it delivered to the office after a week.

The book is really good, describing slower approach to life which does not need to always be contra-productive or less efficient. It is not about being lazy and slow and passive.
Many mistakes/injures etc. are caused by speed. Will we really by increasing the speed achieve better life, more appreciation, success? .... Read a book:)
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