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Posted February 14, 2008
I haven't read the whole book but giving me a short glimpse of it already made me realize one useful and life-changing-perspective and that is, 'melancholy should not be taken as a negative force but rather a driving force in achieving a better life!' It is not embarrassing to admit that you are sad your whole life! The more you admit to everyone around you that you are a sentimental person, the more that these people will understand who you are and accept you as that kind of person. This book is really inspiring and I recommend this to all people out there who experiences sadness in their lives.
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Posted June 15, 2009
An ode to the power of negative thinking
In this candid and unconventional book, English professor and humanist Eric G. Wilson positions himself as melancholy's champion. He does everything but wave gloomy pom-poms as he extols its role in creativity and invention. As counterintuitive and loopy as his view may seem, Wilson makes a strong, lucid case for feeling glum. Indeed, reading Wilson's book may inspire you trade in your grin for a wholehearted frown. If you seek a change from the deluge of cheery self-help tomes, or if you want to expand your outlook, then step out of the sunshine and into the shadows with this iconoclastic book. Although Wilson sometimes rambles or digresses in making his argument, getAbstract finds that his book thoughtfully affirms the power of negative thinking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2008
The topic is relevant and timely, but...
What seemed to be an outstanding opportunity to explore a topic of great importance and interest turned out to be a self-indulgent rant. This read was disappointing on many different fronts most especially because of the anger that seemed to exude from the author...sad is one thing, angry/chip on the shoulder is quite another and this book did not bother drawing those lines. The book fails to speak directly to a very riveting topic and ultimately provides the reader not with new insights into the subject but with information about a very self important author. Returning ''Against Happiness' is going to make this melancholy reader very happy indeed.
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