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Cluttered prose; aimed mostly at rich folks
on February 25, 2007
I am about halfway through this and all
I can say is: what an annoying book.
Apparently the author is/ was a radio commentator
and journalist. Perhaps the commentator
background gave her the mistaken idea that
she needs to "push" every few words in writing,
the way radio and TV announcers "push"
every few words in their oral reporting.
This results in a book that is loaded with
italics - even in sentences needing no particular
Moreover, her prose is wordy beyond belief..
and she belabors the simplest point.
Here's an excerpt (I will use ALL CAPS
when she used ITALICS):
"So often in my experience with rightsizers I have observed that living with the new reality [of having downsized] sometimes has the effect of eventually reordering a few of their original priorities. The trick here is to grant any partner the dignity to come to his or her own conclusions as to the wisest use of space. If rightsizers can learn to ACCEPT things as they are at the moment and assume that reason will ultimately outseigh nostalgia or angst or a need to "run the show," the person can still save fce if alter ys says "You know, I think I'm ready to donate SOME of those magazines to the library" and isn't made to feel like he's eating crow. The ultimate test will be if both spouses are able to divest themsevles of many of their OTHER possessions that aren't as highly charged. Can they accept the basic premise that psychotherapist and professoinal organizer Cindy Glovinsky proclaims in her book Making Peace with the Things in your Life: "None of us owns a single, solitary thing permanently"? In other words, our possession flow through our lives on a TEMPORARY[italics] basis, on their way to somewhere else after we fall off the perch..." [catmom comment: Yep---definitely got the point---possessions
are temporary... once we're dead, we don't own
As this excerpt shows, the writing is cluttered,
wordy, full of cliches, repetitive -in short,
distracting. In addition, as one reviewer
has already noted, the book's anecdotes tend
to focus on wealthy people who "rightsized" by selling
huge expensive homes, and using
the money to purchase multiple smaller
The book is pretty useless for the average person trying to figure out how to declutter and
I keep hoping there are at least a few practical
tips buried in this morass of verbiage but am
wondering whether I can really stomach reading
the rest of this.