The Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter and Live Better in a World Addicted to Speed by Carl Honore (December 17,2013) Paperback – January 1, 1657
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- Publisher : Vintage Canada (December 17,2013) (January 1, 1657)
- ASIN : B01B98IXVY
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However, the downside is a lot of detail on the examples and stories that is not necessary and actually takes you away from truly considering the concepts. I get it is somewhat ironic for me to say this given the book is about getting there slowly, however I feel crisper examples would allow more space and time in the book to explore the concepts.
For the concepts, well worth the read, you probably can just decide to skim the details as you go.
This is where I have a problem with the book. Much of the material is only tangentially related to the slow movement. Honore is really stretching when he tries to relate online gaming solutions to the slow movement as he does in this book. Yes, there is actually a chapter on that.
This book is really just a bunch of chapters that do a fine job of explaining why the problems we face cannot be solved with a "quick-fix" approach. They are much too complicated for that. But I think the author is a little deceptive when he tries to use his well known (and well deserved) place in the slow movement to push this book. I think "slow" is the wrong label for this material. And I think it rather dishonest and deceptive in that it may pull in readers (like me) expecting something else.
So I really don't have much of a problem with the material in this book and would probably have given it 4 stars, although even then I feel it is a little disjointed in presentation. There is a lot in this book that has nothing to do with the slow movement and it is a real stretch to pretend like it does. There is a chapter on crowd sourcing to solve problems. OK, that is legitimate topic for a book on problem solving, but what does that have to do with "a world addicted to speed"?
This book is pretty good, but not great in content. But you have to accept the content does not live up to the title or sub-title nor to Carl Honore's history in the slow movement. In that regard I feel it is being marketed dishonestly. It's really about problem solving with a long-term perspective. That's really something different.