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The Discovery of Slowness

The Discovery of Slowness

Ralph Freedman,Carl Honoré,Sten Nadolny
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Paul Dry Books; Translation edition (May 1, 2005)
Genre Fiction
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7 Reviews
  • This is a written story of an interesting man's life. It centered on Franklin's lifetime journey learning how to exploit what others called his slowness, actually an ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate situations and alternatives.

  • I did not think I would enjoy this book once I received it...I'm not a fan of historical fiction. This book was different. There many passages that were timeless in their wisdom. It was about "slow" and "fast" people, slow and fast talk, about the nature of observation and memory. I plan to reread it , more slowly this time.

  • Totally worth the time it takes to get the book! Great story-telling of a bygone era. As mentioned, there is violence. There's also some sexual content but its treated with delicacy and decorum. I am fascinated by this character and how his story will turn out. Definitely on the shelf with my other classics!

  • This was an interesting read, definitely from a unique perspective. It was fun to read all of these famous names, and to see how their lives were interconnected.

  • The book is a pointer to a better mode of living,slowly,with intensity.I am in tha stage of my life where I am shifting to lower gears to get more traction.

  • A conventional narrative in many ways, yet oddly interesting due to the "twist" about the character's "slowness." Otherwise, similar to a "Horatio Hornblower" novel. But this is interesting in its contrast of slow, deep character to swift, surface character.

  • Very hard to get into- but try anyway.

  • My encounter with this book was a bit magical. I arrived at a B&B in Vail and one of Mr. Nadolny's other books was on a table in the common area. I asked about it, and the proprietress said Mr. Nadolny had left that morning and had given her the book. I read it, loved it, and sought out his other works.

    My favorite review of this book describes it as "a utopia of character." Truly it is. Yes, it's a nice little biography of an interesting life, but it is so much more. Sir John Franklin realized that each individual has his or her own "speed" in perception and action. Throughout his life, he observed himself and others objectively and developed his own "systems" for the most beneficial application of his own uniquely slow processing of impression and responses. He compensated with rigorous planning, precision, and observation - and by appreciating and effectively leading those who were faster.

    Why is this interesting? I believe it is so because in our own times, everything moves way too fast for most of us...and those of us who might be naturally slow in the manner of Franklin suffer most from it. If Franklin were a boy today, he would likely be put on Ritalin, or diagnosed with "Sensory Integration Disorder" or some such thing, possibly placed in a "special" class at school...and his uniqueness would be deemed pathological and buried.

    Franklin's qualities, and his persistent but self-accepting stuggle with them, made him the best of leaders and a deeply moral man. Rereading this book, I am led to realize that my own "true inner speed" is perhaps as slow as Franklin's, and that much unhappiness comes from not operating at that speed. This is painful - we can complain about our over-stimulated, over-informed, over-hurried times, but that is futile unless one decides to retreat completely to our own Walden.

    Franklin found two things paralyzing: self-pity, and what he called "disapproval," meaning disgust with circumstances he could not change. So he resolved to avoid these and concentrated on his "systems." It worked...perhaps some of us can do the same. And if we are parents, we must make sure we understand and respect our children's "inner speed."

    In sum, read this book - and do so more than once to absorb the nuances.