4 out of 4 stars
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Tiny Little Boxes by Christina Dylag is a self-help book. I am not sure if the author agrees with my categorization, but I am convinced that I'm right.
This work is unique in many ways. The first aspect that stands out is the use of informal language that sometimes ignore grammar rules. Examples: the use of slangs excessively, the spacing between letters or words, first words of sentences that are not capitalized (and so on) are common "mistakes." Instead of being considered a flaw, the informal dialogue is the most exceptional quality of the book. The author managed to create an intimate and honest discussion with the reader brilliantly. There is no doubt that Tiny Little Boxes is professionally edited. I could not consider intentional grammatical errors (which are part of the author's style) as errors. So I had to guess when the author was not trying to make a grammatical mistake.
But what is this book all about? Fair enough. I will explain it in detail. It is a dialogue between the author and the reader in which she goes on telling about the successes and mistakes of her life. She discusses the most varied subjects ranging from relationships and religion to professional advice. The book's central message is that tolerance is the highest virtue and that the search for wholeness is constant. Our interpretation of the facts is always biased, and we must understand and accept others.
I also liked that Dylag mentioned influential philosophers like Nietzsche and Plato. She was able to explain complex philosophical themes. Besides, the book has some hints of humor that make it more enjoyable. It's impressive how Christina managed to write such a book that has the potential to transform so many lives and free so many people from mental prisons in a light, relaxed and humorous way.
I didn't find much to criticize here. In the first half of the book, some ideas are a little repetitive, and that was what I liked least about the book. It is a minor defect, and the author could even argue that she chose to repeat the ideas intentionally so that the reader better understand the content.
On the whole, Tiny Little Boxes deserves four out of four stars. The book has several positive features that have been mentioned above. Therefore, the rating is self-explanatory. The only flaw detected is minor. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks a self-help book and wants to get rid of mental prisons and modern conventions. Due to the excessive use of words like "sh*t," "f**k," and "asshole," I recommend this book only for people over 14 years old.
Tiny Little Boxes
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