Instaread Summary, Analysis & Review of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s and Archbishop DesmondTutu’s & et al The Book of Joy
Two out of five stars
I found this summary baffling and somewhat contradictory. The overview concentrates on the meeting between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Both men are of advanced age, so this will no doubt be the last meeting between the two. Given their histories of being around conflict and how they dealt with it, as well as the power of their voices in the world, this is a strong inducement to read the book.
However, the key takeaways take a different track. There are eight of them and neither the Dalai Lama or Archbishop Tutu are mentioned in any of them. Examples of actions by other people are cited to reinforce the points of the takeaways.
Then, in the closing “Author’s Style” and “Author’s Perspective” sections the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu re-emerge. Since this is a book by these two men, their absence in the takeaways is surprising and puzzling. The key takeaways are very generic, so without the power of the voices of these two men, this is just another self-help book, interesting but quickly forgotten.