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The book gives a understanding of sorrow and longing and also various possible solutions to come out of them .... but if one wants to feel emotional they also can read it .... it is well written but just too much about the author
I listened to this book using audible and am now reviewing the physical copy and am reminded of how this book spoke to my heart. As many have mentioned, this book is a bit all over the map. However, that was one thing I really liked about it. I have read plenty of books on grief in the last several months, and if you're looking for a book that speaks to your immediate loss of a loved one, I wouldn't recommend this book. But if you are someone who is constantly living the in between, creative life that recognizes beauty and pain as wrapped together, this book may be for you. I personally recognize myself as a creative person and personality tests have confirmed that, showing that I am an INFP, Enneagram 4 and melancholic personality. With that in mind, this book was incredibly validating for points that people have used against me in the past; telling me to cheer up, be positive, or encouraging me to change who I am at the core. This book spoke to my core and showed me the beauty of living in the bittersweet middle of life. If you do not fall into this camp, you will likely struggle to connect with this book.
“Bittersweet” is full of poignancy, shining light on how to embrace your full emotional experience and find pockets of joy in the midst of sorrow—the bittersweet. There were some passages that I found profound, others that resonated with me, and still others that I was inspired to find ways to incorporate them into teaching my college freshman English classes. Cain’s writing style is quite accessible despite some difficult (at times) to understand concepts. That said, I found the beginning of the book a little hard to get into, but it was well worth the effort.
Our preoccupation with having to be happy all the time is unrealistic and harmful in the long run. Longing....is hopeful. Longing is being respectful of those before us. Longing is sadness that shows us you are gone. Longing is moving.