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Summary

In Consolations, David Whyte unpacks aspects of being human that many of us spend our lives trying vainly to avoid - loss, heartbreak, vulnerability, fear - boldly reinterpreting them, fully embracing their complexity, never shying away from paradox in his relentless search for truth.

Beginning with 'Alone' and closing with 'Work', each chapter in this life-affirming audiobook is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling overwhelmed and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness something that accompanies the first stage of revelation.

Consolations invites listeners into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

©2019 David Whyte (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Breathtakingly beautiful

This book is exquisitely profound and speaks directly to the part of our minds, souls and hearts that wants to live more honestly and wholeheartedly. It brought me to tears a number of times and is essential reading for those of us who would like to release ourselves from what David Whyte calls the “busy periphery“ of our lives and begin to engage with ourselves and with others in a more authentic, living and fuller way.

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Decoding words into their wisdoms

Whether you listen to this as a daily insight or reflection, or all in one go and revisit different words to meditate on, this book is a wonder for all of us looking and finding meaning in the words we inhabit in our lives as human beings.

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wonderful

as if one were being bathed in honey (in a good way) just a sheer indulgence

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  • 25-12-19

Wonderful

First off, this is not a novel, a book of poetry, or a collection of essays. It's sort of a dictionary, with Whyte explaining the meanings of common words in short -- 2 to 7 minutes each -- entries. The audiobook has chapter names so you can just go to a word directly, if that's your preference, or listen to them in alphabetical order. As an example, the definition of Beauty is about 3 minutes long and begins thus: "Beauty is the harvest of presence..."

If a line like that resonates with you, you will enjoy this book. If it means nothing to you, you're best passing. To me, the book is worth every penny. I've listened all the way through 4 times since purchasing it. Wonderful work.

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  • Connor
  • 22-12-19

Truly incredible.

Beautifully written. David Whyte manages to weave together a tapestry of definitions in such an eloquent way where you not only understand the meaning at a deeper level, but you understand life itself and yourself at a depth that is truly rare.