How to Be Alone (The School of Life) Kindle Edition
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“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.” ―Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor
“Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us.” ―The New York Times--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
SARA MAITLANDis the British author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughter of Jersualem, and several non-fiction books, includingA Book of Silence. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and lives in Galloway, Scotland. Visit her website<a href="http://www.saramaitland.com"</p> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File size : 5703 KB
- Publication date : January 2, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bluebird; Main Market edition (January 2, 2014)
- Print length : 176 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00FWPNGQ8
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,492 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Instead this book is WHY IT'S OKAY to be Alone. Which, frankly, it never even occurred to me was in need of justification At least half of the book, Maitland vigorously defends solitude against those who consider such a state "sad, bad, or mad." (It's not clear who's making that accusation; maybe it's a common phrase in the UK?) Given that attacking the concept of solitude in the abstract seems almost absurd, it's no wonder that Maitland refutes the claims quite easily.
Maitland closes out the book by explaining--in the briefest, most cursory way--some of the joys of being alone.
To be clear, I don't believe Maitland is at fault here: in the introduction, she specifically says she's trying to answer why it is, that in an age of supposed hyper-individualism, we spend so little time alone, and seem to regard those who DO spend a lot of time alone as weird recluses. It's an interesting question, and Maitland manages a passable explanation. But the publisher has given this book a misleading, and ultimately very disappointing, title.
Top reviews from other countries
I stumbled across Sara Maitland's How to Be Alone in braingpickings.org and found the topic to be interesting. Since I'm currently single and living alone and find myself enjoying it and struggling with it at the same time, I decided to see what this woman who lives in the Scottish Highlands has to say about the topic.
I simply loved the book. I haven't really finished it yet, because when I find something I enjoy reading as much as I enjoy this, then I tend to linger and read super slowly, because I just don't want the experience to end.
The book is very well written. English isn't my native language, so some books can be difficult for me to read, but this one has a very simple yet very enjoyable and beautiful language. The book is more a cultural account of being alone with some suggestions on how to learn to enjoy being alone then a real self help book. Since I studied cultural theory in college then this is very interesting for me to read.
It also has some exercises that should help you enjoy being alone more. I must say that some of this I had already taken into practice before reading the book. Generally I agree with the author. I think being alone can be a very enjoyable experience and it is something that everyone should at least try. Whole different dimensions of life open up when you do even the simplest things like going to the theater or for a walk on your own instead of looking for a companion to do everything. And it's surprising how many people find even these simple 'exercises' intimidating.