- File Size: 240 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Patrick Rhone (February 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BLL96RO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1) The blog will be "minimized" out of the author's life before the subject of the blog becomes passé.
2) There will be a book. This is one of those books.
"Enough" is a compilation of essays about finding a balance between more and less. Rhone is a good writer, picking a good balance between sparse and personable prose. This is the joy of reading this book, especially in the essays where he communicates something fundamental in a way that feels effortless. The essays are short and read like blogs, but this is a strength. Many of them are almost koan-like in scope - read it, meditate on it, thumb over the logic in your mind. The book is not long, so I found many of the topics satisfying to consider for a moment before moving on.
At times, Enough shifts to a longer first person essay to address an inconsequential and superficial topic. Perhaps I just didn't see the big picture, but many pages of this short book is spent simmering over topics like social networks, iPhones and email, or one out-of-place essay playing semantic games with the word "user." One could image the author eating an egg for breakfast and then talking at length about what a good choice he made due to the egg's texture, nutritional elements, how it lacked the necessity of spice, and so on. These seemed like trivial, surface-level matters to me, and did not require the pages allotted to them, though they may resonate with others.
I would recommend this book to those dissatisfied with their lives or not used to reflecting on their habits and thoughts, used as a stepping stone to challenging classics like Walden or Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. For those familiar with minimalism, stoicism, buddhism, or simple living concepts, you may find something here, but there will be well treaded ground to cover first.