Very interesting dystopian scifi. I would like the windup girl's part to be bigger. Perhaps she'll be more central to a sequel?
I really enjoy Jack Kornfield. This book provides a good overview of the Buddhist philosphy without getting lost in the weeds. His quiet, humorous delivery is very pleasant to listen to. I really learned a great deal without having to focus deeply - I mostly listened to this in transit.
This is the first book I've every found that really gets into the "internal conversation" or "monkey brain" in a way that is really easy to understand. Some of the examples actually had me laughing out loud - they were so realistic. This is a really helpful book and the practice it espouses is so worthwile. I've bought copies for good friends and I heartily recommend this book for anyone on "the path" (which is everyone).
This was my second TNH book and the message (while still amazing) was really a rehashing of the first book. Still, its an incredibly important message and if this would be your first TNH book its probably a great choice. The book has a western narrator, which is both good (definately easier to understand) and bad (lack's TNH's incredible charm). I highly recommend this book - but if it's a second TNH book, be prepared for lots of overlap.
I really wanted to love this book, and the first couple of hours went well - but ultimately I found it too esotheric for me and I put it aside - perhaps I'm just not ready for it yet. If like me, you're just beginning to look into the Buddhist path, I'd recommend you start with something more user friendly - something by Jack Kornfield or Thich Naht Hanh.
Jack distills the Buddhist message into easy to understand packages of information. His delivery is very personable - you almost feel like you're sitting across from a good friend. I'd listen to this on the way to work, and it really impacted my day - I was calmer, more open-minded and more at peace. I recommend anything by Jack K - he really is the teacher who I find can best reach the average searcher investigating Buddhism (which is me).
TNH's message is not overly complicated, and can get a bit repetitive. I believe the reason for this is that it is his intention that we really hear what he has to say. I enjoyed this book immensly - and if I can practice only a small part of what he teaches, I can see it having a profound impact on my life and happiness. I heartily recommend this book, for both the committed searchers, and those only ready to stick a toe in the water.
If I had read this when I was 15 I would have enjoyed it much more. In flavor, flow and content it really seems dedicated to a younger audience. In fact I think the only reason that the main character was in his 20s was so that he could have a girl friend who worked at Google. But it think would have worked better if he were say - 16 - and had a brother, father, etc.who worked at Google,
It was a nice piece of fluff, but to say it was reminiscent of Murakami is like saying that the Adirondacks are reminiscent of the French Alps.
I can't complain - this was a free book. But compared to the involved fiction of today, this was a "simple" read. Still it was fun and passed the time, But if it weren't free, I wouldn't really recommend using a credit for it. Rather, get it for free off Amazon.com and just read it on the Kindle.
Each of us has made mistakes. Each of us has said and done things we wish we hadn't. Harold walks across England to make amends to someone from his past and all the while the journey is into himself. And his journey inspires others to look into themselves as well. I admit that the last 1/2 hour had me choked up. I heartily recommend this book and if you like it you will also enjoy "The Memory of Running" which is a similarly themed book, albeit from an American perspective.
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