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This book is tough to put down. It’s written in a highly engaging way. I’ve learned a lot about myself through reading it and I suspect that applying some of the mental models from it will lead to many more realisations. Highly recommended, particularly if you’re feeling a bit stuck in life.
1.0 out of 5 starsGreat book but don’t buy from Amazon
Reviewed in Australia on 13 November 2019
Great book but don’t buy from Amazon
Received a copy in Melbourne which was “exclusive for the Indian subcontinent” The print was terrible and an extremely low quality publication. It felt it was being printed in someone’s garage on “eco mode”. But the book. It’s great. But buy it from somewhere else.
When I started the book, I was very excited to read it because of the previous book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. The writing style of Mark Mason is funny, but I’m still not sure if I mean that in a positive or a negative way. His writing is obviously geared towards a 2019 audience that doesn’t read much, who may be impressed by the charisma of Mark Mason’s writing, just as some are impressed by Trump’s speeches.
The book did introduce some ideas worth reflection such as the idea and need for hope, the differences between our Thinking and Feeling Brains. But generally speaking, I found it to be a manipulative style of writing, where opinions are at times overstated as facts and subtly squeezed between actual facts, giving the reader the impression that it’s all one big fact. Another thing that was disappointing about this book was the number of extensive footnotes added as notes at the end of the book. Don’t get me wrong, no one loves footnotes more than I do, but I like them as footnotes, not as references. I found this both deceiving and annoying while reading. One superscript went on for 3.5 pages as a reference. The reason why I found it deceiving is because while some of the superscripts are just references to articles, research or other books, many others are just an opinion such as “Granted he suggested it hypothetically…”p. 257 or “ I’m being a bit dramatic…” P.253 which changes the entire understanding of the paragraph. It was annoying for the obvious reason that once you found out that many of the references are in fact just additions to the writing that actually do change your understanding of it, it was frustrating to have to keep flipping back and forth to read the notes. There was also a lot of nonsensical circular logic in many of the arguments he arrogantly made. I think his Feeling brain fully took over in certain paragraphs or maybe mine is while writing this.
Was not a fan of this book. It started out good with some great key points but then it turned into nothing but a book about religion, government and a bunch of stories about famous people with no real rhyme or reason. I kept waiting for the good stuff but it never came. Literally a bunch of references and stories but nothing of substance. Definitely not as good as his first book.
Mark Manson is one of my favorite Authors but his this book is disappointing. At certain point, I felt to CLOSE THE BOOK. At some point it is like Analysing- Paralyzing. It is also will not teach you some necessary life advise. Personally, I find 20% useful and 80% so-so or ok ok thing which are not so useful. But I have experienced that every book teaches something which we deeply don't realised or need to know. Conclusion: Not Worth
The book starts out great, talking about hope and survival, but about 30-40% into it, you find yourself drifting off. Not really worth it, not a page turner. It's disappointing because having read the first book which I really loved, this one just doesn't meet the kind of expectations you build on after that.