The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of Life

by Laurence Shorter | Philosophy |
ISBN: 9781847671288 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcanongatebookswing on 12/16/2009
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingcanongatebookswing on Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Collapsing stock markets, melting ice caps, floods, tornadoes, terrorism . . . When it comes to bad news, we've never had it so good. Perhaps it is time to be a little more optimistic? That's what Laurence Shorter decided. And that's why he set himself the challenge of meeting the world's most cheerful people. Surely with the help of Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and Bill Clinton, Laurence can find the secret to inner happiness. But first things first - how on Earth is he going to get to meet them?

This is in a controlled release and is part of an optimism challenge. After you've read this book, please share a maesage of optimism in your journal entry!

Journal Entry 2 by Sterile from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Saturday, December 19, 2009
The book arrived in this mornings post. Thanks Canongate for the chance to read this book. Will make another journal when I've finished the book.

TBR and passed on in the tradition.

Released 9 yrs ago (1/25/2010 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Popping in the post to inkognitoh as promised! 2nd Class 25 January 2010

Journal Entry 4 by inkognitoh from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Optimist arrived on another cold gloomy day at my very busy office so I'm thrilled to have the chance to read it and hopefully use it to hlep me gloss over the gloom :) Very grateful to Sterile for passing this book my way.

Journal Entry 5 by inkognitoh from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 22, 2010
This book intially made me really angry and I was pessemistic about finishing it. It seemed somehow to be a combination of American style 'self help book' while at the same time being a travelogue about a US Citizen not coping with London's trendily gritty negative hard edge. There was also some very weird and discomforting moments about proving self worth to the author's father. It then trundled on into some sort of blaggers guide and was followed up with a relationship melt down and 'Gap year' hippy backpacker adventure.

I can only surmise that this was published because the author had managed to steal the time of so many 'name players'. That he pretty much wasted any time he had with these big names and then went on to belittle them in print was mind boggling to me.

I mostly read this book while passing out in the afternoon's while learning to ski and the frustration of the whole 'style' of the book made me forget the terror and pain of the whole learning process so thanks for that :)

Journal Entry 6 by inkognitoh at Amsterdam in - In de trein, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, April 18, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (4/18/2010 UTC) at Amsterdam in - In de trein, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Left ont the train during the first leg of my cross Europe adventure on the way back from the Bookcrossing Anniversary Convention in Amsterdam. I was optimistically heading for the ferry having originally had my flights cancelled due to the Icelandic Volcano.

Journal Entry 7 by Superdre from Den Haag, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, April 18, 2010
So i guess I'm the first Dutch owner of this book! I saw it on the train and took it with me, I will set it free again after reading!
A big thanks to the Icelandic Vulcano, so the book had to take a train instead of a plane!!

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