- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (Aug. 25 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0002007886
- ISBN-13: 978-0002007887
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 839 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,019,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gift Of Thanks Hardcover – Aug 25 2008
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"The Gift of Thanks is one of those uncommon books that not only tells you things you always wanted to know and convinces you that they are true, but also makes you want to begin to change your life." -- The Globe and Mail
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PRAISE FOR MARGARET VISSER "Enthralling, absorbing and exquisitely researched." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on The Geometry of Love "Visser reveals unexpected cultural connections and curiosities of natural history. A consistently thoughtful and entertaining book." THE NEW YORK TIMES on The Rituals of DinnerSee all Product description
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The most relevant parts of Visser's insights were the intersection of this ancient ritual and modernity, how despite the heavy influences of commercialization and commodification, the social act of giving and its reciprocity continues. But also how modernity changes our perceptions and actions, at one point Visser explores the point that is often made that "I don't need gratitude, everything I want I can buy."
The book is rather long at close to 400 pages, but it is a fast read and Visser's commentary about all the many sources she analyzes is very engaging. Overall, I definitely recommend this book for anyone who has ever thought more about giving thanks.