In Praise of Slowness

In Praise of Slowness

by Carl Honore
     
 

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We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point. Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business

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We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point. Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and American adults currently devote on average a mere half hour per week to making love.

Living on the edge of exhaustion, we are constantly reminded by our bodies and minds that the pace of life is spinning out of control. In Praise of Slowness traces the history of our increasingly breathless relationship with time and tackles the consequences of living in this accelerated culture of our own creation. Why are we always in such a rush? What is the cure for time sickness? Is it possible, or even desirable, to slow down? Realizing the price we pay for unrelenting speed, people all over the world are reclaiming their time and slowing down the pace -- and living happier, healthier, and more productive lives as a result. A Slow revolution is taking place.

Here you will find no Luddite calls to overthrow technology and seek a preindustrial utopia. This is a modern revolution, championed by cell-phone using, e-mailing lovers of sanity. The Slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word -- balance. People are discovering energy and efficiency where they may have been least expected -- in slowing down.

In this engaging and entertaining exploration, award-winning journalist and rehabilitated speedaholic Carl Honoré details our perennial love affair with efficiency and speed in a perfect blend of anecdotal reportage, history, and intellectual inquiry. In Praise of Slowness is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide Slow movements making their way into the mainstream -- in offices, factories, neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and schools. Defining a movement that is here to stay, this spirited manifesto will make you completely rethink your relationship with time.

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Library Journal
Journalist and best-selling author Honore advances his advocacy outlined in his slow-movement paradigm In Praise of Slowness as he examines how complex problems are best solved, this time with an emphasis on practicing patience. He argues that humans are natural problem solvers and are inclined to act quickly, to avoid danger, and to meet their immediate needs. Society's addiction to instant gratification encourages and rewards these instincts, but, he maintains, quick actions don't solve long-standing and multifaceted dilemmas. Honore investigates how institutional and societal problems can benefit from applying the principles he identifies as elements of the "slow fix." Covering situations from failing schools in Los Angeles and the prison system in Norway to the crime-ridden city of Bogotá, Colombia, and the coffee farms of Costa Rica, he proposes the ingredients for long-term solutions. VERDICT Readers wishing for a problem-solving formula won't find it here. Instead, Honore's challenge is to slow down, analyze, assess, and explore how others have turned around failing organizations and systems with lasting results.—Carol Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061907319
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
277,124
File size:
434 KB

Meet the Author

Carl Honore is an award-winning journalist and author whose revolutionary first book, In Praise of Slowness, was an international bestseller and has been published in more than thirty languages. Honoré is a highly sought after lecturer who speaks around the world on slow living and the Slow Movement, and his work has appeared in publications including The Economist, Observer, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, TIME magazine, and National Post. Honore lives in London with his wife and their two children.

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