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

  • 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...
  • Ruthmarie
    Jun 11, 2018
    Intelligent, moving, evocative, elegant, what more can I say? Patricia Hampl is always a must-read. I must have missed the lesson in The Baltimore Catechism that daydreaming is a sin, but it was nuns (from the same school as Hampl) who taught me to dream/daydream and who encouraged my ...
  • 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. ...
  • Tycelia
    Jun 11, 2018
    Gave up on this one-- I kept reading but I just could not become intrigued by what this woman had to say & found myself skipping through the pages. ...
  • Gloria
    Apr 30, 2018
    This book of observations contrasting the too busy world with the value of stepping off the treadmill is intellectual and a bit dry accordingly, but also offers plenty to ponder. The author is a well-traveled professor who grew up in the 1960s, inhaled literature, and studied music ...
  • Fern Chapman
    May 09, 2018
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  • Julie
    Jun 15, 2018
    Hampl gives multiple examples from history and literature of why a day spent in solitude and deep thought is one that is never wasted. ...
  • Linda
    Jun 11, 2018
    With references to Montaigne throughout, the author examines the essay form as a tool of reflection, of imagination, of daydreaming--processes that demand patience and a letting go of agendas and to-do lists. She visits the Lake District in England, Czechoslovakia, and France in search...
  • ELK
    Jun 17, 2018
    I loved this book, but it took a strong will to keep my mind from constantly wandering off the page. The Art of the Wasted Day is unapologetically long-winded and vague. Reading it feels like reading a long, long journal entry. Or at least a very heavily researched long journal entry. ...
  • Sharron
    May 01, 2018
    Elegant, thoughtful prose compensates for a loosely structured work. ...
  • Sharon
    May 23, 2018
    I never really ?connected? with ?The Art of the Wasted Day.? I truly enjoyed Ms Hampl?s lovely use of language - much was lilting and poetic - and I found myself looking for the tender memories of her husband that she dropped in gently here and there. However, I was not persu...
  • 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...
  • Amanda
    May 10, 2018
    This was a Goodreads win for me and I really enjoyed the perspective of the author. While parts of the book are a bit slow, I did like it. ...
  • 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...
  • 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? ...
  • 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...
  • Joan
    Jun 04, 2018
    3.5 ...
  • 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...
  • Victoria
    Jun 06, 2018
    3.5*** A nifty intellectual reflection on the joy of daydreaming. Fully read some chapters, skimmed thru some. ...
  • 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...
  • Marilyn Skoropad
    May 11, 2018
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  • 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. ...
  • Kelli
    Jun 13, 2018
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  • Kelsey
    Apr 28, 2018
    Hard to finish this one. Didn't really catch me personally, but at the same time, it was well written. ...
  • 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...
  • Birgitta Hjalmarson
    Jun 10, 2018
    An essay, or so my dictionary says, is "a short piece of writing on a particular subject." In Michel de Montaigne's case, the subject was ostensibly himself. And so he invented a genre, the personal essay, one that Patricia Hampl practices too. The Art of the Wasted Day is a memoir...
  • Swetha
    May 22, 2018
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