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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

the greatest salesman

The novel ¿The Greatest Salesman in the World¿ is a story about a wealthy business man (Hafid) and the secret behind his success. As he shares this long-kept secret to his trusted wealth keeper (Erasmus), he travels back to his childhood as a camel boy of a very success...
The novel ¿The Greatest Salesman in the World¿ is a story about a wealthy business man (Hafid) and the secret behind his success. As he shares this long-kept secret to his trusted wealth keeper (Erasmus), he travels back to his childhood as a camel boy of a very successful salesman (Pathros), eager to be just like him. His master sees the passion in his eyes and gives him the chance to sell a silk robe in the poorest city in the country, Jerusalem. As he travels to Jerusalem filled with confidence and enthusiasm, he goes through an event in his life that will lead to his success. Although he failed to sell the robe, his master gives him the scrolls that contain the virtues and principles that will change his life forever. Og Mandino presents his main character Hafid, as a man of principles, humble and down to earth. Despite of his riches, he lives life without greed and without pleasure to the earthly materials. He lives a priceless life because of his values and principles. Hafid is a representation of Og Mandino¿s beliefs on how to live a worthy life. ¿The Greatest Salesman in the World¿ is a compilation of different virtues that will lead the readers to betterment. Almost half of the book talks about the scrolls and what are in it. All the messages in the scrolls lead to one theme statement: Making one¿s life better starts with making one¿s self better. Every scroll discusses one value that opens a path to a better life. It talks about reaching one¿s highest dreams, taking risks and facing life¿s challenges, self- discipline, maintaining a positive attitude towards life, understanding one¿s strengths and weaknesses, embracing self- identity and taking initiative. All these messages inspire the readers to have a better self image and that leads to a better life. Og Mandino¿s writing style is very clear, simple and has appositive perception about life. His religion and beliefs have a major effect in his writing style. He uses them as the foundation of the novel. For example the setting of the novel is the time prior to Christianity. ¿The Greatest Salesman in the World¿ is a novel filled with spirituality and a much needed moral that inspires self-promotion. He uses profound words, phrase and sentences especially in the part where he discusses the scrolls, which made life¿s principles very clear and inspiring to the readers. He also uses different figure of speech such as personification and rhetorical question that contributes to the novel¿s effectiveness. Some examples are: ¿Time teaches all things to he who lives forever but I have not the luxury of eternity¿ and ¿And how will this be accomplished?¿ Behavior modification to improve the quality of life is the main point of this book. Mandino tells the readers to identify the actions that will lead to the desired results. Putting the right thoughts to one¿s mind leads to proper action. This book takes you on a journey to the heart and soul of the creative force underlying each of our lives. It will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the nature of human existence. The principles outlined in this book will help you become your most authentic self. This book transformed the way I look at the world and myself. It has given me a new appreciation for how amazing life can be if you have the courage to change your bad habits and improve the good ones. This should not be a read and forget book, but it should be taken seriously because it can teach you life long lessons about values that will make you someone that everyone likes. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a person within themselves and a life worth living.

posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2008

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

collection of truisms disguised as a fable

I read this book after hearing again and again how awesome it was. I was disappointed, I guess, because I expected more than a collection of truisms disguised as a fable. The message of the book may be summed up thusly: form good habits, have a positive mental attitud...
I read this book after hearing again and again how awesome it was. I was disappointed, I guess, because I expected more than a collection of truisms disguised as a fable. The message of the book may be summed up thusly: form good habits, have a positive mental attitude, work hard, capitalize on your uniqueness, and pray for guidance. I just don't think a collection of common sense is really worth going out of your way to read. Maybe I can write a best selling business book, 'A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned....'

posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2004

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Different Reading...

    This book really starts off slow. You don't know where it is going until you get to Chapter 4, then you start to understand what is going on. This is not a fictional type of book at all. If you are to understand the meaning of the title, you need to read the whole book. The last chapter really ties the whole book together. Overall, it was good reading.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

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    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinki

    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, described this work by Og Mandino as “one of the most inspiring, uplifting and motivating books I have ever read.” Mandino’s works have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. This book tells the story of an ancient merchant and his 10 mystical scrolls, each bearing a spiritual precept that is applicable to sales success. getAbstract recommends Mandino’s advice to those in sales or sales management who gain support from self-help literature with a Christian point of view.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Read this again after many years

    I re-read this book straighht through without reading each of the 10 scrolls for 30 days as a 'refresher' I am sure I would have received more benfit if I had, but since this was a 're-read' I received 'enough'.

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