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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1 edition (Dec 28 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676975739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676975734
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By sean s. on May 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
There were positive reviews of this book in the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star, but I was still pleasantly surprised at how excellent it is. To sum it up: this is this year's No Logo.
Like Naomi Klein, Carl Honore pulls together a number of apparently disparate but ultimately related themes: Slow Food, Slow Cities, Slow Sex, Slow Leisure etc. and not surprisingly, it is a book which merits a slow read: Honore has important and even quite deep reflections on almost each page of the book! You could read a few pages a day, and add significantly to your quality of life by following his sage advice, which is both rationally presented and which intuitively rings true.
If quality of life is important to you, and you liked No Logo, Fast Food Nation, and Fire and Ice, you will likely appreciate this wonderful book. A gem, one of the best non-fiction books of 2004.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin from Calgary on Sept. 11 2005
Format: Paperback
We chose this book for our book club and it proved to be a great choice. It's very well written, researched and argued. The author sums up the dominant problem of the modern world, that there is too much speed in everything we do, and gives lots of cool examples from around the world of how "slow" is helping people live, work, whatever better. I recognized myself in some of the examples of pointless hurry and laughed out loud a few times. It's just an awesome read and everyone in this insane too-fast culture of ours should pick up a copy. All the members of our group enjoyed the book and we had our best debate in a long time. I already know what some of my faster friends are getting for Christmas.
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I found myself enjoying this book simply because I enjoy reading about people slowing down. Somehow, oddly, it slows me down a little more. This can only last so long (it won't hold me for an entire book) and I didn't end up finishing it because it just didn't seem to have enough "meat". It's difficult to explain but there just wasn't much concrete material (suggestions on how to slow down, ways in which to deal with the struggles that might typically follow,...).
I had just finished reading Nurture Shock (amazing!) and they had dealt with the question of why kids are so overweight as of recent. They reached a clear conclusion with solid evidence. It is *not* that kids watch too much TV.
In Praise of Slow suggests that kids watch way too much TV now and he supported this by quoting one (what seemed to be random) teacher who said that she agreed for sure. Really? That's it? No studies, no research? (Nurture Shock actually showed that kids today watch only a slight bit more TV than decades past.)
This last part just seemed sloppy to me.
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Slowing down enough in my life to actually read this book was a challenge.
Well worth it...I will be mindful of a slower pace in all areas of my life from this moment forward, enjoying "moments in time"....which is really all we realistically have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex on Sept. 2 2008
Format: Paperback
I had expected to like this book, but in the end I found it too shallow and predictable. It's a decent journalist's effort, nicely written, and he finds some good interview subjects, but the same basic points are stated and re-stated with not much new insight brought to the subject. I began to get a little (dare I say it?!) impatient with it all when I began to see early signs that the author was stretching his material. If you've never read any other critique of the commercialized, industrialized speeded-up economy we live in, then you might find this book enlightening, but if you have read others on this subject, especially with an emphasis on food (which is the heart of the Slow movement), I'd say skip this one.
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