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The Little Voice Paperback – November 23, 2016
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"It inspires hope and fear,optimism and depression. Then it analyses those emotions. It explains the pressures we all experience from time to time... It's probably the most thought-provoking novel of 2016."
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"The Little Voice takes the world we live in, the world we take for granted, and makes us think about it in a whole new way... It makes the reader ask themselves all the questions they've been bottling up and avoiding. And that, in itself, is a pretty remarkable feat."
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"At times, it will make you feel uncomfortable. It's certainly not "pop-lit". But it is magnificent. It is a compelling rhapsody of rhyme and reason."
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"Sheldon has a talent for observing aspects of society and mirroring them back to readers in a thought-provoking way."
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From the Back Cover
My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They've pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they've left me questioning my whole entire existence.
But please don't think that I'm angry or morose. I'm not. Because through adversity comes knowledge. I've suffered, it's true. But I've learnt from my pain. I've become a better person.
Now, for the first time, I'm ready to tell my story. Perhaps it will inspire you. Perhaps it will encourage you to think in a whole new way. Perhaps it won't. There's only one way to find out...
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I received a book but was not required to review it. As a psychology major in college, this story fascinated me, not only because it’s well-written and interesting, but because it mirrors our lives so completely. I found myself nodding along with what Yew was thinking and remembering days that I made the choices he made, and it gave me a firmer understanding of why. I think that the only way we can really, truly be happy is by paying attention to the lesson he learned at the end. Since I want you to read this – because it’s the only way you’ll really understand – I’m not going to tell you what that lesson was, but I will leave you with this quote from Lao Tzu:
At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
The writing style is different than I'm used to reading. I believe it's second person prose. However, the author did this on purpose and it worked.
Yew is the main character of this story who when he turns six, starts listening to the “egot” inside of him. This was an interesting play on words and if you are familiar with psychological theory you will understand where the inspiration for this comes from. Throughout his life, Yew then obeys rules and the “egot” becomes smaller and smaller until he eventually forgets it. Then one day in adulthood, after a chance meeting with someone from his past, he finally “snaps.”
At times this book can seem a bit over-saturated with case studies in psychology but it does help to move the story along. It can actually help a person who may not be familiar with the concepts used throughout the book so it works if you have no background knowledge but paradoxically, you need some background knowledge to fully appreciate what you are reading. Anyway, this book combines both psychological concepts and eastern philosophy via Lao Tzu. So in a way, it's academic brain candy but written in a way almost everyone would understand. I wouldn't be surprised if this book was eventually used in a high school classroom or rather, a university classroom.
Needless to say, this was a page turner and certainly something to keep your eye on. What the author presents in his book certainly makes you think and he leaves it up to you to interpret the end of the story for yourself.
It's a good book. And definitely, one that should be read by all.
This book should not be confused with "Little Voice Mastery" which covers as entirely different subject.