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ISBN:
1841954942
Author:
Ralph Freedman,Sten Nadolny
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Canongate Books Ltd (September 30, 2004)
Pages:
320 pages
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1939 kb
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4.7
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Praise for Sten Nadolny andThe Discovery of Slowness.

Praise for Sten Nadolny andThe Discovery of Slowness. -Times Literary Supplement. adventures are conveyed with spellbinding skill. Nadolny evinces remarkable empathy with his unlikely Odysseus and Ralph Freedman's translation captures the crystalline freshness of the author's imagery. -Washington Post Book World

The Discovery of Slowness (original German title: Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit) is a novel by Sten Nadolny, written under a double conceit: first, as a novelization of the life of British Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and second as a hymn of . .

The Discovery of Slowness (original German title: Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit) is a novel by Sten Nadolny, written under a double conceit: first, as a novelization of the life of British Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and second as a hymn of praise to "slowness," a quality which Nadolny's fictional Franklin possesses in abundance

Love the book so far! Taking my time with it. Life is too fast sometimes - always good to take a step back and slow down!

by Sten Nadolny (Author), Ralph Freedman (Translator). Unfortunately, the Franklin that Nadolny gives us is an admirable but oddly colorless character. Constructed on the unoriginal premise that "slow" people can achieve great things, this tale is an endless narrative of stilted, stifling prose.

Sten Nadolny, Ralph Freedman. Nadolny's masterpiece, The Discovery of Slowness tells the incredible story of Sir John Franklin, a sailor and explorer who battled the frozen Arctic wastes and paved the way for the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Ridiculed for his slowness in his youth, Franklin's quiet calm later helps him to become an icon of adventure.

The Discovery of Slowness-a huge commercial and critical success across Europe, where it is considered the . Nadolny evinces remarkable empathy with his unlikely Odysseus and Ralph Freedman''s translation captures the crystalline freshness of the author''s imagery.

The Discovery of Slowness-a huge commercial and critical success across Europe, where it is considered the popular author''s the life of the nineteenth-century British explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847). -Washington Post Book World.

The Discovery of Slowness book. Absolutely stunning  . The Discovery of Slowness is a masterpiece of characterization, a portrait of inwardness in the most outward-thrusting of lives.

The Discovery of Slowness' by Sten Nadolny. English translation: Ralph Freedman

The Discovery of Slowness' by Sten Nadolny. Based on real events. Sten Nadolny's novel details the life of British seafarer and polar explorer John Franklin (1786–1847). A surprise success when it was first published in 1983, The Discovery of Slowness follows the milestones of Franklin's life, from his beginnings in the Royal Navy to the horrors of naval battle at Copenhagen (1801) and Trafalgar (1805), to the battle of Lake Borgne at New Orleans, where he was wounded. English translation: Ralph Freedman. Sten Nadolny was born in East Germany in 1947 and grew up in Bavaria.

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Discovery of Slowness
  • Kage
This is a written story of an interesting man's life. It centered on Franklin's lifetime journey learning how to exploit what others called his slowness, actually an ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate situations and alternatives.
  • VAZGINO
I did not think I would enjoy this book once I received it...I'm not a fan of historical fiction. This book was different. There many passages that were timeless in their wisdom. It was about "slow" and "fast" people, slow and fast talk, about the nature of observation and memory. I plan to reread it , more slowly this time.
  • Thetath
Totally worth the time it takes to get the book! Great story-telling of a bygone era. As mentioned, there is violence. There's also some sexual content but its treated with delicacy and decorum. I am fascinated by this character and how his story will turn out. Definitely on the shelf with my other classics!
  • Anaginn
This was an interesting read, definitely from a unique perspective. It was fun to read all of these famous names, and to see how their lives were interconnected.
  • Bev
The book is a pointer to a better mode of living,slowly,with intensity.I am in tha stage of my life where I am shifting to lower gears to get more traction.
  • Qucid
A conventional narrative in many ways, yet oddly interesting due to the "twist" about the character's "slowness." Otherwise, similar to a "Horatio Hornblower" novel. But this is interesting in its contrast of slow, deep character to swift, surface character.
  • Negal
Very hard to get into- but try anyway.
My encounter with this book was a bit magical. I arrived at a B&B in Vail and one of Mr. Nadolny's other books was on a table in the common area. I asked about it, and the proprietress said Mr. Nadolny had left that morning and had given her the book. I read it, loved it, and sought out his other works.

My favorite review of this book describes it as "a utopia of character." Truly it is. Yes, it's a nice little biography of an interesting life, but it is so much more. Sir John Franklin realized that each individual has his or her own "speed" in perception and action. Throughout his life, he observed himself and others objectively and developed his own "systems" for the most beneficial application of his own uniquely slow processing of impression and responses. He compensated with rigorous planning, precision, and observation - and by appreciating and effectively leading those who were faster.

Why is this interesting? I believe it is so because in our own times, everything moves way too fast for most of us...and those of us who might be naturally slow in the manner of Franklin suffer most from it. If Franklin were a boy today, he would likely be put on Ritalin, or diagnosed with "Sensory Integration Disorder" or some such thing, possibly placed in a "special" class at school...and his uniqueness would be deemed pathological and buried.

Franklin's qualities, and his persistent but self-accepting stuggle with them, made him the best of leaders and a deeply moral man. Rereading this book, I am led to realize that my own "true inner speed" is perhaps as slow as Franklin's, and that much unhappiness comes from not operating at that speed. This is painful - we can complain about our over-stimulated, over-informed, over-hurried times, but that is futile unless one decides to retreat completely to our own Walden.

Franklin found two things paralyzing: self-pity, and what he called "disapproval," meaning disgust with circumstances he could not change. So he resolved to avoid these and concentrated on his "systems." It worked...perhaps some of us can do the same. And if we are parents, we must make sure we understand and respect our children's "inner speed."

In sum, read this book - and do so more than once to absorb the nuances.