Awful simplicity covered up with ridiculous garble.
If you enjoy Peterson's lectures, then you'll enjoy this book. Like Peterson's talks, they're richly layered and packed with references to history, myth, religion, literature, and popular culture. Much of this advice is about taking responsibility for one's own life and, as the Gospels put it, taking the beam out of your own eye before complaining about the speck in anyone else's.
i read the book. I understood it. It is similar to his lectures, no surprise there. i would reread it in the future. It has a lot of information that there is no way to remember all of it. its such a book about both fiction and non fiction, i had to read the inside covers trying to find out what genre it is. turns out it classifies under 'philosophy'.
no slouch ++
a most famous work in 2018
I started this book because I was curious about Peterson. Over the course of the week that I read the book I became a bit Peterson obsessed. I watched hours and hours of his lectures, interviews and talks and I have to say that I like this guy. I don't agree with him in all matters - that's for sure, but he makes a lot of excellent points and he is a smart, articulate man who can back up whatever he says without effort. I admired that, even when he occasionally made me cringe. I found his views on education really worth thinking about. His indoctrination verses education argument. However, all this aside, his book was not an easy or enjoyable read. Sections of it were dense and wordy and his biblical references were way overdone. I'm glad I read it but could not easily recommend it. Overall the whole book amounted to a huge exercise in critical thinking and I value it for that reason alone.
Relatively straightforward and sensible "rules " to live by supported by somewhat rambling and convoluted (and somewhat tedious for me) combinations of anecdotes, scientific "evidence", biblical references and opinion. This was not an easy read (a bit odd given that one of the rules is to be precise in your speech), and I left feeling not that I had been informed or offered advice so much as lectured to and sort of hectored.
I've read lots of "shelf-help" and this is like most. Read the contents and the introductory sections and skim the rest. The religious references don't add anything, and put off some readers, myself included. Could have been one-third the pages, with nothing lost. If you've nothing else to do, go ahead and read it, but for those on the lengthy wait list, find some other material in the meantime.
A must for anyone who has that feeling that something's missing in their life.
His youtube series are also worthwhile.
I don’t find so much intereting. Difficult to find the flow in the text
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