The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. Published in 2016, this book is a #1 International Bestseller and I feel like that is deserved. This is a book that I do not regret buying and that I do see the point of re-reading. Manson writes plainly with a no-bullshit-wisdom approach. It says on the back cover that this manifesto “is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.” – I truly cannot say it better. Throughout Manson’s “fucks” and anecdotes, the manifesto invites insight into one’s own life to recalibrate what is truly worth time, energy, and (simply said), fucks.
The value I have received out of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is two-fold: the first, learning to rethink about what’s important and worth fucks; and, the simple enjoyment of reading the book and the stories Manson recounts.
While reading, I went from smirking, to sulking, to tearing out of sheer “wow-ness”. And that formula repeated for 210 pages. I read it from cover to cover and when I finished the book, I looked out into the space in front of me and sighed. Yeah, seriously.
The value you’ll receive out of the book, however, totally depends on you.
I can imagine that some of you will read part of the book, and then when faced with an ugly truth that reflects your reality, might say “Fuck that and fuck him”. The book will then be shut, smashed, and trashed.
Some of you may simply be offended by the language used and the topics covered, unable to enjoy reading it or get over the frustration of seeing “fuck” repeated so many times.
And then maybe a few will think, “Well who the fuck is he to write all of this?” and etcetera, because the value you will get out of the book depends on you and depends on how you interpret what he says. It also depends very much on your willingness to face the ugliness within yourself, life, and others.
You’ll enjoy it if you’re willing to learn, willing to think, willing to introspect and maybe even change some thinking habits. Also if you enjoy some mild profanity, you’re in for a treat.
The book, after all, is a manifesto and guide to living a good life and thus that is its intended purpose; so while I can only imagine what you might get out of it, I can only share with certainty the value I have gotten out of it.
If you can handle potty-mouth, you’re good.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is 210 pages long in a pleasantly-large type and a very easy read.
The concepts are straight-forward and explained well, often recounted through storytelling and with many examples.
THE GEM FACTOR
The gem factor for The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is the insightfulness; offered in such a ruthless and honest way, Manson’s work is really special. I am grateful that Manson poured his heart out in this book.
You can totally finish this book in 3 days if you read at night only or in the bus going wherever you go. Otherwise, I say it’ll take you between 2 and 5 hours depending on your reading speed.
It reads well. You may re-read a few paragraphs to really let the truth bomb set in, but not because it’s complicated word-vomit, sometimes Manson just says things that not many people say and the “wait what?” factor makes you want to re-read.
I definitely plan to re-read this book.
At least once a year, if I’m good. I really needed to learn how to give less fucks so it’s helpful and I like the way it was written, so to me it’s in my favorites pile. For you? Depends how much this book speaks true to you, how much you enjoy the writing, and how new or needed the wisdom within is to you.
All-in-all, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck gets a solid 4.5 from me. I found it very enjoyable and useful. Surprisingly satisfying.
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