Is the book title misleading?

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Post by inaramid » 07 Jan 2018, 10:57

I saw this question before I got to read the book and found it odd. Now that I'm done reading it, I'm like, "Ohhhh." :) I agree with you on this. The build-up on what Margaret has "taught" the author was far greater than what actually took place so that when I finally got to that part, I was more than confused...and it might be silly, but I also feel just a tiiiiny bit cheated. The Margaret lesson was good, but it didn't seem to be the most impactful from the author's POV.

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Post by kdstrack » 07 Jan 2018, 18:27

I was greatly disappointed with the title. I agree with others who had said this is more of an autobiography. The other disappointment is that in several chapters the "guru" whom he met - was himself!!

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Post by tonysgirl0805 » 07 Jan 2018, 23:17

I would have to agree with you the title is misleading. When you see that title its as if he met a woman by that name and feel in love with her and it changed his life forever

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Post by PriyaRD » 08 Jan 2018, 00:02

I agree with the title,after reading the book. Margaret is a special guru who gave the author THE most important lesson :)

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Post by katiesquilts » 08 Jan 2018, 00:17

I definitely thing the author could have used a subtitle to convey the idea that this is a nonfiction novel! Especially since a lot of people agree that the title only makes sense after reading the book, but an author's biggest struggle is getting people to pick up their books in the first place...

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Post by Yaone » 08 Jan 2018, 00:38

The title made me curious, as I read the great stories and lessons learnt from meeting various people, I am excited and looking forward to hear what Margaret did to make her the title of the book. Her life lesson must be huge. I still haven't finished reading the book.

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Post by R-g-R » 08 Jan 2018, 06:09

Title suggestion:

Unexpected Wisdom From Everyday Gurus

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Post by Yaone » 08 Jan 2018, 06:19

The title of the book made me curious. As I read the book it made me excited and looking forward to hear what life lesson Margaret impacted on the author.

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 08 Jan 2018, 08:02

Al Chakauya wrote:
01 Jan 2018, 08:24
What title would best suit the book?
Would changing the book title help the reader choose a book suitable for them?

Personally, I feel the book title is rather misleading. My opinion is that it was criminal of Rob to give such a title to his book- the book title reflects a romance novel. If it wasn't listed in the non-fiction genre, I wouldn't have picked it.
I do think that the title was misleading. Of course, a title does affect the readership. According to me, title something like "The journey called life" would have been more suitable.

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 08 Jan 2018, 08:03

tonysgirl0805 wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 23:17
I would have to agree with you the title is misleading. When you see that title its as if he met a woman by that name and fell in love with her and it changed his life forever
Agree with you. I did predict the same.

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 08 Jan 2018, 08:08

inaramid wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 10:57
I saw this question before I got to read the book and found it odd. Now that I'm done reading it, I'm like, "Ohhhh." :) I agree with you on this. The build-up on what Margaret has "taught" the author was far greater than what actually took place so that when I finally got to that part, I was more than confused...and it might be silly, but I also feel just a tiiiiny bit cheated. The Margaret lesson was good, but it didn't seem to be the most impactful from the author's POV.
I agree with you. It wasn't that impactful that the author named the book on it.

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 08 Jan 2018, 08:10

katiesquilts wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 00:17
I definitely think the author could have used a subtitle to convey the idea that this is a nonfiction novel! Especially since a lot of people agree that the title only makes sense after reading the book, but an author's biggest struggle is getting people to pick up their books in the first place...
True.

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Post by TrishKissane » 08 Jan 2018, 08:18

For me it was rather misleading because in the end he only pays a few sentences credit to Margaret. But I guess for him it was his most pivotal or AHA moment but I thought there were more powerful interactions with others..

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Post by Roggyrus » 08 Jan 2018, 09:48

I was even amazed at how the incident from which the title was derived was given only the slightest of attention. Margaret was mentioned merely in a few sentences.

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Post by SPasciuti » 09 Jan 2018, 00:25

I agree. I think I'd have gone with a different title. I think, also, that the Margaret chapter was rather disappointing considering how the title sort of created quite a bit of hype for her. I didn't find her to be incredibly inspiring or anything and while I'm aware that she holds an impactful and emotional space in the author's heart, she just really didn't seem all that great to me.

Honestly, he either should have chosen a better title or Margaret should've been much more inspirational.

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