This book review was written by Eugene Kernes
Is This An Overview?
Jonas’s life has been bound by a belief in luck, that nothing was through merit. And Jonas has been very lucky in life. Reflecting how Jonas’s situation came to be, Jonas sees every problem as having given Jonas a favorable situation. Misfortune with parents earned Jonas a devoted friend, and a job in publishing at which Jonas dabbled in painting. Painting became a passion that occupied all of Jonas’s attention until an accident that prevented Jonas from plaiting for a time. As Jonas’s attention was not preoccupied with painting while healing, Jonas was able to notice Louise who would become Jonas’s wife. Louise is very industrious and would enable Jonas to spend Jonas’s days painting, which eventually enabled Jonas’s work to be discovered. But as Jonas’s fame rose, Jonas’s attention becomes more divided. People wanted to talk to Jonas. Disciples wanted to teach Jonas. Letters needed to be replied to. With so much attention being taken, Jonas’s work suffers, friends and family are neglected. Jonas tries to please everyone, but there is not much Jonas can do with limited time and energy. How will Jonas decide how to spend attention?