Posted by Literary Titan
What do you do when life gets you down? Do you stay down and give up on trying to get up? Do you let yourself drown? No. You get up and you try again. Many times, you will fall right back down but then success is built on how many times you get up. The Art of Losing is a book of short stories about human suffering and failures. They are about everyday people with everyday issues just trying to get by. Trying to beat life before it beats them.
Nooshin Mohajerin has taken a look at common failures that humans go through. It is about the failures that are designed to keep you in a rut. At first glance, they just seem like regular entertaining stories to keep you busy, but much more deeply, they are stories to encourage you. Stories that lead you to triumph. They are stories meant to get you to look at your life and that of others with fresh eyes. This is a very motivational little book to have, especially with so many disappointments plaguing everyone on the daily.
The author seeks to speak to the regular person. The idea is to show that no one has a monopoly on failure. That suffering can be a good thing. Take for example the story of how shiny metals are shaped. They go through intense heat so that they can be molded into something beautiful. Everyone should consider themselves a precious metal that is simply being molded. This is the essence of the book. To show you that in the end, you will be a lustrous jewel.
This book is written in very simple language. It is written with a certain poignant and sad undertone that affects the reader. It gets you thinking about your own failures. This book will kickstart your second wind. The stories are short and deeply meaningful. It is a short book to bring with you on particularly grueling days. Like, say, that job interview after you have had numerous rejections. This book is a supportive companion. It is a sympathetic friend.
There are some errors but they are small issues here and there. They are barely noticeable considering the strong message of the book. The Art of Losing is thought-provoking. It can be entertaining to some degree especially the balloon story although it ends in tears.