This contemporary parable might in fact better
be described as a fictionalized self-help book, which is even complete with exercises
woven cleverly into the story itself.
Its objective is clear: not just to inform, but to subtly coach the
reader, drawing you into the role and thought process of David, the pupil of
the tale. You can certainly imagine that
Ari Gunzburg has compiled into a creative narrative the resources and materials
of the motivational presentations and workshops he gives in the real world –
and he does so tremendously well; Ari is every bit as good an author as he is an
Simple, eloquent and articulate, with an ability
to set the scene vividly, it doesn’t feel like being coached by this writer,
but rather like you are watching with interest, and learning along with David. While the lessons are nothing particularly unique
or novel, Ari’s refreshingly clear approach is a clever idea; had he not chosen
a fiction narrative for his pretty commonplace self-help message, opting rather
for a simple non-fiction format, The Little Book of Greatness might perhaps
have faded into the crowd. You are
advised to read the book with a pen and paper to take notes – in fact, I intend
to read through it again (something I never do), in order to do just that.
With this book, the talented Ari showcases his
grasp of sociology, psychology, mindfulness and zen, combining them into a
holistic school of their own.
Additionally, this little book is an engaging, endearing and thoroughly
pleasant read, which I recommend highly.
I read the whole book in two very relaxed sittings, and can honestly say
that I enjoyed every moment of it; I’ve no doubt that, whatever your situation,
preferred genre or the society you live in – and whether you’re religious,
atheist, spiritualist or even capitalist – there is something here for everyone,
so take a look.
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