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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."
--- The Huffington Post---
"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."
--- Buzzfeed ---
"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."
--- Global Education Network ---
"Sheldon has a talent for observing aspects of society and mirroring them back to readers in a thought-provoking way."
--- Literary Flits ---
"I spent about four hours this evening reading (and re-reading) passages in this book because they really spoke to me. I can tell you right now, I'm going to read it again tomorrow because I need to hear them again, and I think you do too."
--- In Our Spare Time---
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...
Enjoy the book,
- Publication date : November 23, 2016
- File size : 5876 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- ASIN : B01MG9AP4U
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #356,847 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Born to middle class parents who had the audacity to provide him education including college, housing, plentiful food and shelter. Yet he only has disdain for these people. In fact all authority figures are the same in this book, not 1 is fleshed out as anything other than “an oppressor” and our poor narrator Is just the victim of “the man” spouting the envy and hate the marxists and neomarxists live and breathe. I won’t spoil the end but I have rarely felt more rage and disgust while reading a novel. Much like current society the narrator speaks endlessly of happiness, only in 2 places remarks on responsibility and in those cases it’s veiwed with either a faint positive light or and extreme negative. Life is suffering, and you can’t change that but you can lessen that suffering by making better choices and if you must bear it, then do it with élan. The end is unsatisfying and childish at best, who is paying for it btw?
Pros; at least it was short
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.
People just don’t read a lot these days hence the overstated praise for this book.
The fact that there’s an Akala quote at the beginning of it gave me a very good indication as to what the book was going to try to be and I wasn’t surprised.
If I could ask Yew a few questions they would be as follows: If you have children would you go back to a job you hate in order to provide for your family? Would you teach your children The Wisdom of Lao Tzu or the Bible, maybe both? Would you continue living in the woods off the land and hope your children don't resent you when they grow up, for not allowing them to have a childhood like other children in school?
Sometimes conformity is not always easy and we may not like it or want it. At times our circumstances may push us into a certain way of life; either because lack of money, education, where we were born. Getting educated may not help remove us from our environment but it can help a person stand up for what is right and to Respond Intelligently to unintelligent treatment - Lao Tzu
(Spoilers) No, we cannot all have our homes in the woods but we can create our own silent forest within our own environment.
This book was inspirational in a sense that Yew begins to see things differently to break out of what was holding his desire to be free. He came to appreciate, people, family nature a place he belonged a place he valued. Sadly, it seems Yew was failing to value himself.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is narrated in the first person, looking back at past events. The early part of the strory, set in childhood, is the most enjoyable part.
Sadly, as the years roll forwards, the story becomes a bit of a cliche. All a bit "meh". I hate my life, it is boring, "woe is me, whatever can I do to find the real me" stuff.
The story promotes the idea of finding personal freedom and happiness outside of the normal ways of life, but if you want something to challenge your world view, opening up your mind to a different way of life, look elsewhere.
If you want a funny half a book, read the first half of this, then speed read the remainder of the book. You will not be missing much. My inner voice has already stopped talking to me about this book...
Draws the reader in and it feels like you're on the whole emotional journey too.
Well worth a read.