What Colour is your Parachute?

You may or may not have heard of this book before. Apparently its quite popular.
You may have noticed it in the sidebar, but only briefly, as I'd say I only read it for about three or four days. And I didn't finish it. *sigh* I always hate admitting that. Its like it defeated me. I even tried to skip bits to see if that helped. It didn't.

So why did I stop reading? I didn't realise it was a book on how to find a job. I know that might sound silly, look at the titles all over the cover. BUT when I found it on Ronnie Ann's site I thought it was going to be more a book on how to figure out what you're passionate about and what you really want to do in life. Not really though, and there's whole chunks about how to start a business, which is also not a road I'm interested in even investigating at this time.

The other reason I want to briefly mention, as a reader, this book was crazy~! There's even a whole disclaimer at the beginning about how its not grammatically correct and the punctuation is all wrong. I should have known then.

He had parts
of the book kind of
like this.

I'm sure it had some
purpose, even if the
only purpose was to simply

But it annoyed the crap out of me, and smacked of indulgence by the publishers of an author going crazy with each reprint of the book. Anyway, not for me, because I'm not really looking for a job. I was just a bit interested to see what it said.

Not much

I'm putting
this into "books
I've read" even though
I haven't

6 kindred spirits ~ This bugs them too!:

K said...
July 17, 2008 2:16 PM

I haven't applied for a job in 8 years - and then it was by newspaper ad.

I'd probably use something like seek or an agency these days.

K said...
July 18, 2008 9:32 AM

I just wanted to add that reading a book that was so grammatically incorrect would piss me off so badly - I'd have given up too!

That said - I'm yet to find a self-help book that I can endure...

Laura said...
July 18, 2008 10:07 AM

Wow, if you can't construct grammatically-correct sentences, should you really be a writer?? I hate hate HATE when people massacre the English language... but in a BOOK? an actual published edited etc, book? I wouldn't have made it past the disclaimer.

Dataceptionist said...
July 18, 2008 12:48 PM

I should clarify that by grammatically incorrect, he means he's written the book as if he were speaking, so for example the commas are where he would pause for breath.
Admittedly I write in a similar style I think when I blog, except there's a difference in tone between a blog and a published book, its kind of jarring in print I found.

Network Geek said...
July 19, 2008 2:10 PM

Yes, this was a very popular book in its day, and, though I never read it, it doesn't sound like I missed much.

Oh, and
I think the reason
he broke
the way he
did was to make more pages
so the publisher could
charge more.

Just a thought.
Try Way of the Ronin for a career guidance book, though. It's pretty good, if you can find it in print.

Reanan said...
July 20, 2008 5:23 PM

That would irritate me more than a little.

I despise looking for jobs... there is posibly only one recruiter who I don't loathe and she's a friend lol.

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