Saturday, February 20, 2016

Review of "The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph" by Ryan Holiday Instaread summary

Review of

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday Instaread summary

Two out of five stars

 My visceral reaction to this summary was negative and that was based on two sentences in the introductory overview and the words used in the summary. I will start with the two sentences:
The Obstacle Is the Way is a self-help book intended to give the reader a solid grasp of the basics of Stoicism and an understanding of their practical application in everyday life.”
“The author intentionally avoids a discussion of what Stoicism is and rarely uses the term itself.”
These two sentences are contradictory, Holiday cannot both give a solid grasp of something and simultaneously avoid discussing it.
In addition, in the body of the summary, the word “Stoic” and its variants are used many times. For example, the word is used in the titles of five of the nine key takeaways. Furthermore, the word is mentioned seven times in the one-page explanation of key takeaway three.
 This makes no sense to me as it appears that the word “Stoic” may appear more often in the summary than it does in the entire book. If the author of the main book intentionally avoids using a term, why would the author of a summary use it so often?  

This book was made available for free for review purposes 

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