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by Laurence Shorter

eBook The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of Life download ISBN: 0385664532
Author: Laurence Shorter
Publisher: Anchor Canada (December 29, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 336
ePub: 1634 kb
Fb2: 1886 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Biography
Subcategory: Memoirs

I liked reading about Laurence Shorter's journey towards an improved definition of optimism and how to achieve i.

I liked reading about Laurence Shorter's journey towards an improved definition of optimism and how to achieve it. His down-to-earth approach is very relatable and no detail is left unexplored. While I can usually appreciate British sense of humour, there were some points when I wasn't sure if he was trying to be funny or not.

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Laurence Shorter (born 1970) is an author and comedian who lives in London.

Laurence Shorter is treading on thin ice. We're only a couple of weeks into 2009 and things are already looking . Then along comes Shorter, calling himself The Optimist. We're only a couple of weeks into 2009 and things are already looking decidedly bleak. Our "frightening" economic decline. And he's written a whole book to prove that everything will be all right. But despite the title, this is not the sort of Californian-style claptrap found on the self-help shelves, and the author isn't irritatingly sorted. We join him at a low point.

The Optimist' charts Laurence's quest for inner happiness, providing a life-affirming stand against the grind of everyday strife. ISBN13: 9781847670618. Release Date: January 2009.

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When it comes to bad news, we’ve never had it so good. Laurence Shorter is feeling anxious

Published January 13, 2009 by Doubleday Canada About the Book. When it comes to bad news, we’ve never had it so good. Laurence Shorter is feeling anxious. Every time he turns on the radio or opens a newspaper he finds another reason to be tearful. It’s time to make a change. It’s time to meet some positive thinkers. The Optimist charts Laurence’s quest for inner happiness. Can Desmond Tutu bring a smile to Laurence’s face? Will he ride out the tide of pessimism with California’s famous Surfing Rabbi?

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When it comes to bad news, we’ve never had it so good.Laurence Shorter is feeling anxious. Every time he opens a newspaper or turns on the radio he finds another reason to be tearful. It’s time to make a change. It’s time to be optimistic!His plan is simple: 1. Learn how to jump out of bed in the morning. 2. Secure personal happiness. 3. Save the world.The Optimist charts Shorter’s ambitious, year-long, international quest to seek out the world’s most positive thinkers, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jung Chang, Matthieu Ricard, California’s renowned Surfing Rabbi, and Bill Clinton. But optimism doesn’t come easy, and Shorter’s resolve is tested at every corner: by a flagging career, a troubled love affair, and his ever-pessimistic dad.The Optimist is a hilarious and ultimately life-affirming stand against the grind of everyday strife, packed with reasons to be cheerful.From the Hardcover edition.
Comments: (4)
Agalas
I liked reading about Laurence Shorter's journey towards an improved definition of optimism and how to achieve it. His down-to-earth approach is very relatable and no detail is left unexplored. I also really appreciated his inclusion of his personal life, along with its share of ups and downs because it allows for the reader to feel more connected to him and his plight. Although there is the common theme of optimism throughout the novel, the chapters can almost be short stories on their own, revealing a different aspect or lesson learned. I enjoyed some of the chapters more than others, with my favorite being the one about former President Bill Clinton because it marked the culmination of all that Shorter worked for and it felt very satisfying and certainly inspired optimism out of me!

Though there were many parts in the book that I found funny, I don't think the book can necessarily be categorized as "humor". I do believe that Shorter set out on this quest whole-heartedly in the search for answers and not simply as a joke. While I can usually appreciate British sense of humour, there were some points when I wasn't sure if he was trying to be funny or not.

Nonetheless, The Optimist is an interesting and at times thought-provoking read that both amused and aroused my curiosity. Being a psychology major, I did know a lot about the psychological aspects of optimism and happiness already, particularly Martin Seligman's theories, but told through Shorter's perspective, I still learned something new.
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Siatanni
Read this compellingly readable, and heart-warmingly funny book in one sitting. Laurence is a true heir to both the British comedy and BBC Documentary tradition. A profoundly human and yet heroic response the age-old problems of the human condition. Laurence sets off to refute the tide of pessimism by improbably tracking down and interviewing world leaders, sages, drop-outs and Nobel Prize nominees. The results is a gripping tragi-comic narrative which juxtoposes search for universal solutions with his own all to insistent personal problems. A great quest be it in Paul Coelho's Alchemist or Cervantes Don Quixote always contains the absurd as well as comic perspectives on life. This book makes you realize with abrupt self-recognition that solutions exist, authenticity of self can be found and dreams can come true.
If the newspaper headlines are getting you down, this is the ideal book to restore faith in ourselves and our humanity. While at times we may feel that all is lost the denouement of the book provides a triumphant message that anything is possible if we start and believe.
Mojind
This book is such an incredibly horrible read, that i am returning my copy to the publisher for a refund. The author's writing style is more suited for the comedy stage than the printed word. Its failed attempt at humour is an insult to our intelligence. From his list of "Things we really feel depressed about" ("Russians," "Aliens," "Victoria Beckham") to this little gem, "I spent the rest of that week thinking about the challenges of dating Scarlett Johansson. Why not? I'd already met Harold Pinter" are embarrassing attempts at padding the pages with words. This useless banter is dispersed throughout the 325 page monstrosity. It turns what should have been an interesting short story into a epic failure.

I ended up trying to read the book more to see if it would improve than for the story. Actually, I stopped reading it after convincing myself that the author was trying to see how many pages i would get through before realizing the book was really an inside joke. i.e.: "i, Laurence Shorter, will write a book made up of random sentences loosely tied together and see how far each reader gets before realizing my nefarious joke's on them. Moohoohaahahaha!!!" If that was the purpose, hats off to you Laurence. Truly brilliant!!

Otherwise, it simply boggles the mind how this story made it to paper. Shame on you, Laurence, for boring us with this absurdity. Shame on you, publishers, for your blatant greed.
Mr.Savik
What else can I say - excellent book. Really funny as well as insightful.