What is the mood of the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking?
This question is an unusual one, because we often think of “mood” as applying only to works of fiction. Blink is a non-fiction book that describes true events and then analyzes how their participants made quick decisions, right or wrong. Along the way, the reader is encouraged to think about how he/she would have reacted in their place.
I suggest that the overall mood of the book is like a mystery or detective story. In each chapter, Gladwell shares details of a few specific incidents in which individuals made quick decisions based on what they saw, what they thought they saw, or what they felt was true about the situation. Afterward, we find out whether or not they were right after all. Elements of mystery seem to surround each section. This is why we’re compelled to keep on reading—to see what happens next, and why.
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