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A Sabedoria Do Condado (2012)

by Noble Smith(Favorite Author)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 4
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review 1: Thank you so very much to author Noble Smith, goodreads and the publisher for the gift of a copy of "The Wisdom of the Shire". I won the book in a goodreads first-reads giveaway.I just adore this lovely little book! I waited to write my review for days because after I finished reading it the first time, I wanted to read it again :) "The Wisdom of the Shire" is one of those wonderful books that takes you out of your own world for a bit to a most tranquil and idyllic place. For me, that is what I am always seeking when I read, and consider a terrific book. So if that is what you too seek, then this is a book for you!Now, if you've ready any or all of Tolkien's works, you will be quite familiar with the Shire. If you haven't, well this is a book to dip your toes into th... moree vast ocean of the world that Tolkien created, perhaps inspiring you to read "the Hobbit", "the Lord of the Rings" trilogy et al. Author Noble Smith does quite a wonderful job incorporating guidance and advice through the hobbits and the setting of the Shire. In the very beginning of the book there are several quotes from Tolkien's books which truly capture the essence of hobbits and the Shire. One is actually spoken by the dwarf Thorin on his deathbed, realizing his misplaced priorities at the last. "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world". Very simple, but oh so true as much today as it has been through the ages. Spoken by a dwarf, this is the nature of hobbits and the Shire captured perfectly. The foreword and introduction set the tone for the book quite well and present information that is a perfect lead in to the heart of "The Wisdom of the Shire". Each chapter begins with a question or phrase that defines the topic of wisdom. For example, "How snug is your Hobbit-Hole?" For me this has been an always evolving question that began when I first read "The Hobbit" at the age of 13. Using analogies of Shire life, the author skillfully applies the settings and values of the Shire to our own lives. He also gives some background paralleling Tolkien's creation of Middle Earth and particularly the Shire based on Tolkien's own life experiences, such as WWI. We readers can do that too with "The Wisdom of the Shire" with all the crazy and horrible events taking place in our world today.******To be continued a work in progress :)*****
review 2: The premise of this book can be summed up by quoting Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." If we would walk in the ways of hobbits, elves, ents, good wizards and company, we might bear less burdens (or bear them more easily with the help of friends). It is the small joys and simple adventures of life that make it most enjoyable: walk more, sing more, relax more, enjoy the good green earth and share its bounty with your friends and family. A wonderful read before a fire on a cosy night in your snug hobbit hole. Filled with side note tidbits and fun facts about Tolkien and LOTR. less
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Parts of it were a little too political for me, but it was mostly a sweet little book.
I want to live like a Hobbit! Good read encouraging simplicity in our troubled times.
Such a lovely book about what life would be like if we all lived like hobbits.
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