Book Review: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

odd quirky emotion Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Genre: Non-fiction, Spirituality, Philosophy

Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2 stars

*Contains no spoilers

In this slim and elegant volume of philosophy and inspiration, writer David Whyte tackles the big topics and words that rarely get any airtime in our society, the kinds of things that haunt people but that are difficult to resolve and so are pushed under the rug. In short, punchy chapters he offers comfort and consolation for words such as: loneliness, grief, hiding, forgiveness, dissapointment, procrastination, anger. Thereโ€™s a good mix of dark and light concepts here that are difficult for the human mind to tackle. Whyte offers insights and new ways of looking at these difficult emotional words.

At times I found his prose beautiful and at others it was a bit too pared down and plain needed a bit more embellishment, but thatโ€™s probably just my preference for literary styles of writing.

Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte
Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

On Shyness

Shyness is the exquisite and vulnerable frontier between what we think is possible and what we deserve. Without shyness it is not possible to understand the new. Total confidence in a new phase of life means that we are misinformed and mistaken โ€“ about what is going to happen and what we are about to become.

Shyness is our friend. An announcement that we are about to walk through a door, through all our difficulties and attempt another beginning.

This is a slim volume, one to keep by the bedside table, it also may work as a good gift for a friend going through a hard time. If I am being honest I found the writing a bit tough going at times and I didnโ€™t think the prose flowed as well as it could have. The concepts and ideas were beautiful though.

๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2 stars

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

    1. Hi Paul thanks for reading ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ™‚ it is a good book for dipping into for sure. It has been a rough few months for many people and myself included, I hope if you get this book you enjoy it and get something out of it. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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