The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard

Book review by Deane Barker

I struggled with this book. I didn’t finish it, but I tried. I even tried to go back and read it in pieces.

In fact, I kept it on my reading table for a week, picking it up over and over and try and make some sense of it. (The date on this review is simply the date when I gave up…)

Here’s a problem – it was written in French and translated. I feel like something was lost there.

The words are…lyrical? Like, the author was trying very hard to be sort of spiritual and meaningful, rather than just factual or to-the-point. The entire point dances the subject and wanders in and out of weird metaphors.

Honestly, I don’t think there was a single ounce of practical advice in this book. If there was, it went completely over my head.

This is one of those books that someone might read and think it was really profound. But nine other people would be, like…wut?

I’m one of those nine.

Book Info

Ollivier Pourriol
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  • A hardcover copy of this book is currently in my home library.

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