strong beginning, a very weak middle, comes back to a strong ending. despite the flaws, it still contains some important insights, and I had my mind blown at parts.
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Despite not being his usual style, this is the best John Green book.
Full disclosure, I was a fan of the podcast before that podcast turned into a book. And yet, this book is very strong on its own merits. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I didn't want to put it down so badly that I read it end to end in a just little bit over one month. The only thing I was missing was John Green's voice, and that can be achieved by the audiobook. Highly recommended.
There's a reason this book is synonymous with anarchist communism
Sure, some parts are out of date. But so much of it remains true even today. There's a saying about lectures that say that the best questions a lecturer can get are the ones answered by the very next slide. Well, that is exactly what happened to me, again and again, with the chapters of this book. Most amazingly, a question a friend raised in a discussion we had about chapter 8 was answered by the very first sentence of chapter 9. Can't be better than that.
Review of 'A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor' on 'Goodreads'
I didn't expect this book to be better than the first one, but it was. The different points of view, the build of tension, the somewhat existential take on modern society, the new perspective on the beauty that is humanity... What's not to like in this book?
My only complaint is that I had to deal with the fact I couldn't stop reading, and finished the book 9 days after I got it despite having worked for most of those days, and had to deal with having finished it so fast. But that's less of a bug and more of a feature.
Review of 'An Absolutely Remarkable Thing' on 'Goodreads'
An amazing book. Got so swept in I forgot all the COVID19 troubles outside.
I pre-ordered the second book the minute I finished this one. Highly recommended!