The Great Failure: My Unexpected Path to Truth

by Natalie Goldberg

Paperback, 2005






One of America's favorite teachers, Natalie Goldberg has inspired millions to write as a way to develop an intimate relationship with their minds and a greater understanding of the world in which they live. Now, through this honest and wry exploration of her own life, Goldberg puts her teachings to work.

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LibraryThing member Lindsayg
This was very interesting. I'm a big fan of Natalie Goldberg, I've read just about all her books. For those not familiar with her, she writes about Zen meditation and also writing as a practice. (Not necessarily writing to publish, but instead writing as a discipline, like meditation). She also wrote a very moving memoir about her path to Zen Buddhism called Long Quiet Highway in which she talks about her intense admiration for her Zen teacher and how hard it was for her when he died. In this, her newest book, she talks about what happened when she found out some really upsetting things about the Zen teacher she'd idolized so much, and how she came to deal with that. This book didn't get much acclaim and the reviews were pretty mixed, but I really liked it. Her overall point is that everybody fails at something. Since we all have that in common, wouldn't it be better if we could just accept that in ourselves and in other people instead of keeping all these deep dark secrets. It was a thought-provoking read.… (more)
LibraryThing member aulsmith
This was my first encounter with Natalie Goldberg, and I found her intolerably whiny. I'm a big fan of stories about people realizing that their religious leaders are schmucks. However, Goldberg's guru barely qualifies in big scheme of things, and Goldberg's emotional reaction seems completely over-blown. There are some really interesting stories about her father.… (more)
LibraryThing member Pferdina
This memoir was interesting, and I was curious about the relationships Natalie had with both her father and her teacher. Unfortunately, the book read like she was trying to work through her personal problems while writing it, so it did not connect well with me the reader.



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