Undoubted Oogy is a great dog, amazing even, to have endured all those. Kudos too to Levin, to have poured in unconditional love to care for this damaged (yet unbroken) dog. However, there's just no story in the book, it fell dead flat starting from the first page until the end. It fails to live up to the promising premise of the book (a damaged yet unbroken love, unconditional love only a family can bestow). It failed to put a smile on my face, to pull my heartstrings that I have hoped for from time to time. Ironically, the only part of the book that has bit of emotion in it was on the story about the kids adoption; which is not the center of the book and definitely not the reason I picked up this book. Just a disappointing book, doesn't really live up to the spirit and love of Levin to Oogy (or even of Oogy to Levin).
The book carries an important message; be someone that is remarkable, be a linchpin. They bring the "emotional labor" to their work. These people are scarce; hence indispensable. Godin too advises us give to others with no expectation, that gesture and act of unconditional generosity changes everything, creating abundance in our lives (again not a new message, same message been highlighted by different gurus the like of Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins).
Due to the gushing reviews, I had really high expectation of this book, longing to know about Vietnam War. The book failed to engage me right from the start, it is too painstakingly boring, I couldn't pull myself to go through even 1/10 of the book.
Characters and plots are very confusing right from the get-go, choppy storyline with rapes, incest, lesbianism; all rather confusing. It seems like a story without a real theme to it. Rather disappointed as I picked the book up due to the rave reviews.
The book is laden with heaps of unnecessary historical facts, poorly edited (as you will find yourself reading story about some patient then about another, then back). It turns out that I am not the intended audience for the book, it doesn't seem to add value to general public, more for researchers.
Too painfully slow. Few chapters in, it sounds more like a self-indulgent show-off. The book is too technical (financial jargon) for my taste.
P/S: Credits to Markopolos and team for their effort on Madoff's case.
Nuisance period for one, the darkest lifetime for another. Small gesture for one, warm fulfilling meal for another. Fences between people from two different spaces; yet of the same world. Friendships that is natural yet somewhat unlikely. Great adventure for one; same fate for both.
Provoking, touching, brutal, innocence, all in this amazing story.
A story started with rage, evolved to the encounter of a perfect chance, fate perhaps for two species at the time when a void desperately needed to be filled by one with an infinite capacity to fulfil. Peppered with bits and pieces of happy moments, the unlikely bond developed between the man and the dog. The whole story has a feel-good end that made me leapt with joy that I couldn't contain. Good read.
Started off with a hook, interesting characters, steady pace right into the middle. However, the whole plot turn rather predictable as it progress. The whole story ended with a incomprehensible crash, somewhat disappointed with all the rave reviews.
Could have been a visually-stunning movie, unfortunately it is a book, black and white. The characters seems to be rather mundane, one-dimentiional (mysterious). The plot started off weak (with the same one-dimentiional theme), it slowly built up however all crumbled to nothing which is rather a big disappointment. Certainly not a book for everyone, thought I think this would made a visually magnificent movie.
Reiman offers nothing revolutionary in her book. It basically consists of structural steps and sound factors on persuasive skill; which are more of some common sense to most people. Numerous factors (things one may already practicing without labels - things like Priming) are highlighted in the book. All in all, nothing revolutionary. however can serve as reminder on being more persuasive.
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