The Art of the Wasted Day

The Art of the Wasted Day

A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of " A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogu...

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Title:The Art of the Wasted Day
Author:Patricia Hampl
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Art of the Wasted Day
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Art of the Wasted Day Reviews

  • Melody Warnick
    Oct 01, 2018
    No other book I?ve read in recent memory so vividly evokes what it was like to be a child lying in the grass staring at the trees doing nothing, and feeling no guilt for doing nothing. ...
  • cat
    Jul 08, 2018
    A super loosely constructed, almost free-associative narrative that lays out the value of letting your mind wander (and your body with it!). From the Chicago Tribune review, "When Hampl suggests wasting time, she?s not talking about filling hours with mind-numbing surfing on the inte...
  • El
    May 14, 2018
    Interested based on this article."Each day was exactingly scheduled, hours given to study (languages especially: Italian, Spanish), transcription of admired texts, drawing and sketching, long walks, correspondence, reading, reading, reading in several languages ? both silently and, a...
  • Annagrace K.
    Sep 18, 2018
    How fitting to finish this book today, my last full day alone in Florence, sitting at the cafe table outside my hotel on the busy street of bicycles, cars, locals, tourists, delivery men, children asleep in strollers. How lucky I feel to have had Patricia Hampl?s warm, measured voice...
  • richard
    May 19, 2018
    I am turning my retirement into leisure time, raising it to an art form. Parts biography, memoir, travelogue, primer on writing, philosophy. I liked this book. ...
  • Kristianne
    Mar 26, 2019
    From page 161: ?I didn?t think of any of these sketchy bits of writing as essays. I called them nothing at all. It wasn?t writing. It was me. ?Sinai, lecteur, je suis moy-mesmes la matière de mon livre.? So, reader, I am myself the material of my book. Montaigne?s inaugur...
  • Kevin Hodgson
    Jun 23, 2018
    I?m not sure I?ll find a book with a better title this year. And while I too often felt as she were overwriting ? and how strange to overwrite on this particular topic ? the moments of beauty and contemplation in her sentences kept me hooked, leading me to the final moments of ...
  • Julie Sucha Anderson
    Sep 23, 2018
    4.5 As a writer of personal essay, and also one who watches her surroundings for hours on end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Only reading a chapter or less a day, Hampl's beautiful prose let me float, and dream, and read. I highly recommend this book for my writing friends and for al...
  • Nan
    Oct 29, 2018
    First of all, how great is this title? Who wouldn't want to read about the value of "wasting" days by allowing time to engage by disengaging? Hampl is an extraordinary writer-- reflective, sensitive, and poetic. It was, however, sometimes difficult to get the connection of a few essays...
  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 07, 2018
    3.5 Daydreaming, something often frowned on in our busy society of list makers. To achieve, cross out the things on our lists,but where are we rushing to, where do we hope to get.? Yet, as the author points out it is by daydreaming that we can really see things, observe our surrounding...
  • Davina
    May 25, 2018
    This book was a bit more philosophical and loosely constructed than I anticipated after reading and loving The Florist's Daughter. Maybe I could not get myself in a quiet enough headspace to appreciate it, but this was a slog for me. ...
  • Sara
    Feb 26, 2018
    The title almost makes it sound like a how-to manual, but it's anything but. She begins by describing how her childhood daydreaming gave way to adult self-improvement and achievement and to-do lists. After her husband died, and she had her first panic attacks, she remembered how she en...
  • KimberlyRose
    Jul 18, 2018
    See Diane's review and my comments on her excellent review. The end. ...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 26, 2018
    A poet?s delight in lyricism and free association is in evidence here. The book blends memoir with travel and biographical information about some of Hampl?s exemplars of solitary, introspective living, and it begins, quite literally, with daydreaming. Along the way the author drift...
  • Jane
    Aug 28, 2018
    A maddening number of incomplete sentences, but also some truly magical lyrical descriptions. An unevenly enjoyable read. ...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jul 12, 2018
    I was equal parts bored and fascinated. ...
  • Carol
    May 30, 2018
    Love the Llangollen Ladies who left Ireland and lived together for 50 years in Wales. Wanted to get away from it all and live in retirement in their Welsh vale.And they did. Hampl explores their house and haunts. Getting there and alone. Quite a trip. Waiting on wrong side of the road ...
  • Adam Barr
    Jun 01, 2018
    Expertly written, flowing rumination on the notion of ease versus work versus productivity -- with an eddy of gain, loss, and love. What do we make with a life, and is toil the only -- or even the best -- way? ...
  • Bill
    Jul 21, 2018
    The title was what lured me to this book in Parnassus Books in Nashville on a weekend trip. I thought to myself ?now there?s a subject I?m going to resonate with? and in fact I wondered if maybe I should have written this book. But of course it?s a memoir, and not mine but Pa...
  • Matthew Noe
    Apr 03, 2019
    There was enough here to keep me reading - and I'm a fanatic for leisure, idleness, and embracing what we are told is "laziness" - but parts of this were so painfully dull... ...
  • Christine
    May 26, 2018
    What is a wasted day? How do we understand, appreciate, and often (unfortunately) overlook the value in leisure? In The Art of the Wasted Day, Patricia Hampl explores her sense of leisure through memory and pilgrimage, conversation and contemplation. I loved her meandering reflecti...
  • June
    Nov 21, 2018
    Five-star if I could spare more wasted days wandering through her beautiful prose besides getting acquainted with Montaignes wisdom without sweat. Daydreaming, lost in thoughts are my norm, my innate leisure temper sill burdens me with guilt, which proves I have yet reached her realm...
  • Joan
    Jun 04, 2018
    3.5 Interesting tale. Fully developed main character. The narrator switch in the last third of the book seems more a way of tying up loose ends rather than a literary technique that contributes to the whole. ...
  • Arup Guha
    Aug 08, 2018
    I have a special liking for prose by poets. They seem more like long poems that pure prose. Having read prose by Joseph Brodsky, I now actively look for non fiction written by poets. Patricia Hample writes with lots of information; possibly since she is a memoirist and compulsive note ...
  • Julie
    Feb 25, 2019
    Who knew that a life of leisure was my truest desire? I sort of did but I wouldn't of used those words before reading this book. I've always known I preferred being alone in perfect pockets of quiet where I could let my imagination run wild and my mind wander anywhere and everywhere, m...
  • Paul Kelly
    Apr 21, 2018
    Ever since I retired, I have struggled to leave behind my desire to "be productive", "useful" and "busy" and just be able to, as Blaise Pascal said, "sit Quietly in a room alone". The title of this book intrigued me as a "how to" guide to relaxing in my dotage. While the author did pro...
  • Randy Evans
    May 24, 2018
    You Wrote This For Me Patricia Hempl, your beautifully-written memoir has helped me in such a deep way, I have difficulty finding words to express my gratitude. I have wasted my life seeking accomplishment, even after the death of my wife, and the end of my business career. I plan t...
  • Oliver Badman
    May 18, 2018
    I loved this book, highly recommend it, beyond it's anti-self help title the book does what it preaches, a demonstration of the way thoughts connect, obliquely or obviously, in a way that is fundamental to our experience of reality. Overall it serves as high-concept comfort-food for th...
  • Polly
    May 08, 2018
    I kept waiting for this book to start, if you know what I mean. Once I realized I was halfway through, I felt some disappointment that it was more meandering and rambling than the fanciful and whimsical book I was expecting considering the title. ...
  • SabirSultan
    Apr 14, 2018
    I love Patricia Hampl's work. I have since I was a freshman in college and read her essay, "Of Memory and Imagination." And, I love the "The Art of The Wasted Day." As I was reading this book, I found myself marveling at the review blurbs on the jacket. How to sum up the worlds cont...