Posted by: digirak | July 3, 2007

The Ferrari shines the brightest

Books by and large do much to enrich the reader and in many a way contribute to his development as an individual; The monk who sold his ferrari is a book that takes the reader through a journey with the protagonist Julian Mantle as he changes to the swan of knowledge from the ugly duckling swayed by stress. It all changes the day he gets a heart attack in court and decides that it is time he gives up his blatant life and grasps the mantle of truth and sets off in pursuit of the excellence that is India or the east.                                 

He returns after 3 years a wiser and bolder man with flowing robes and a brilliantly healthy body to match to the narrator John, his long time friend and colleague, then in a window of just 14 hours he reveals the life truths that make up his constitution and pretty obviously that which has changed his life. From here starts the incredible journey to meet the Sages of Sivana and he talks of the sage Krishna who is his Guru and mentor. He describes the world of Sivana as one would describe heaven, subtlety he conveys meanings of life as it sounded form the Sages of Sivana.        

Conceptually, Robin Sharma, has not said anything either new or revolutionary but it is the treatment that he gives that makes the philosophy of the people interesting, the whole philosophy is defined by real life objects such as roses and light houses which exhibit a  quality that the author wishes to convey. Interestingly he does not use even one typecast with possibly the remote exception of the rose and all the objects achieve their goal remarkably. Even as the reader goes through each section, the author is careful not to over tread on the philosophy and at the same time does not miss his point, a very good trait making the work commendable.                                  

The flipside is that their needs to be more story weaving and a little spaced out writing, even as we see John looking brighter with each point mentioned, it makes it increasingly hard for the reader to sustain the energy levels that seems to have possessed John. the author needs to reinvent the fable a little bit to provide time for the reader to digest the details, which are many and well organized. The result being that it becomes hard to actually cognize the whole set up without feeling the drag.                                  

Still quite a readable book, it has a philosophy of the ancients rolled in with the philosophy of the moderns filled with imaginary examples and excellent illustrations. The fact that the author chose the profession of law for his subjects clearly shows the need is the maximum there. What possibly makes the book quite exemplary is the title itself, the ferrari here shows the highest level of desire and the ease with which it has been brushed away proves the effectiveness of the method


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