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Also, I was not entertained. Not at all. I was disturbed at times. Quite often I was unsettled. I found myself arguing with the author silently sometimes while reading. Other times I was forced to resentfully agree. None of this meets my standard of being entertained.
I used my highlighting and noting options on my kindle for the first time. I made a note to buy the physical version of the book – something I rarely do when I have the e-version. I bought a notebook so I could write out thoughts and considerations on what was covered. About a quarter of the notebook is already full.
Some of it I don’t understand what the author is getting at. Some of it I am not sure if I agree with or not. Some of it I simply left a “?” as a note. I would walk away for a few days and turn things over in my head, then come back for more. I read entire books between chapters, because quite frankly I needed a break. This book is work. A lot of it. Emotionally and mentally jarring and painful work. My average reading time for a book is 1.3 days. 24 days after buying this book I am barely halfway through it.
That’s right – I am writing a review of a book I am only halfway through. I have only reviewed one other book I hadn’t yet finished, and that was because it was so awful I didn’t need to read further to find out how bad it was. With this book, it’s the opposite. I don’t have to read further to tell how amazing it is.
There is a power in this book. Considering power is one of the “Nine Laws”, I am not surprised. As a matter of fact, you are not just told about the Nine Laws in this book, you are shown how many of them operate in the writing of the book itself. Don’t expect to have your hand held. Don’t expect it to be easy. Don’t expect to be given clear-cut answers and resolutions. Because there aren’t any. And when you are done, don’t expect to be done. I can already tell this book is written in layers, and I will have to go back again and again and dig deeper.
I don’t want too. But I must. It is an odd compulsion now.
A special note: This may leave you with the idea this book is unpleasant to read. It isn’t. This is by far one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. If you get absolutely nothing out of this book, it is worth reading just for the skillfully exquisite use of wordcraft. Robin Williams, in the movie The Dead Poet’s Society, one said “Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”
Well, consider me woo’d.
I didn't understand a damn thing Ivan said, not a damn thing. It came across as being somewhat profound, but I couldn't figure out if he was inventing his own philosophy, or if he is the best bullshit artist I have ever read. I went into this book expecting some kind of interesting self-improvement program, but I had no idea it would be near endless nonsense. Nothing was clear, there was no instruction, just a bunch of sayings that sounded like they could be something but upon further reflection were nothing at all. I don't know how the author expects anyone to become anything with his laws.
I'm no self-help guru, but I have a ton of respect for other self-help books books, even the "scammy" ones people look down on, because at least they are readable. Did anyone get something valuable out of this book? I can usually glean one thing, and so I powered through to Part 3, where I thought we were going to get into practical lessons and methods of training. Nope. Just more vague proverbs with no context, no life lesson, no story, and there were so freaking many of them you can't remember any. I didn't like the formatting for his instruction, period. So then I thought, well, let me just slow it down and look over this one more carefully, because maybe this is genius and I'm just missing it. Again, no, I couldn't get anything out of it.
It's not even like I disagree with the author about his dark world stuff, his knowledge of physics and the universe, the coldness and harshness of existence. I am in agreement with those things, but I thought I could gain some insight on how this guy made something of himself, but this book was clearly not written for me, it's not for people looking for easy to read instruction.
It's fine that Ivan didn't dumb anything down, he regularly uses words that aren't in common usage, like basal for base, and makes comparisons and metaphors that read like Zen koans. That kind of writing just isn't for me. I prefer Henry Hazlitt style writing for non-fiction, clear and concise as possible. I'm sure somebody got a lot out of this book, but I can't recommend this to anyone, and as radical and esoteric as the writing is, nothing seemed new to me.
Also, there seemed to me to be an issue with the Holbein's engravings, many of them repeated and didn't match up with the caption.
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