Book Review: A Kingdom for the Introvert by John the Peregrine
At the core of his approach is an absolute commitment to independence. This means independence in every aspect of life- financial, sexual, social, political freedom. Money, women, and personal possessions all become stepping stones to the establishment of a personal zone of absolute comfort into which no others may intrude without permission.
There are certainly flaws to be found in this book. One of the more irritating ones for me, aside from the flaws in spelling and punctuation that appear occasionally, is the sometimes maudlin tone of the first few chapters. There is a definite feeling of "pity the poor introvert" within about the first third of the book which I find mildly off-putting. Introverts do not need to be pitied, and we do not need to apologise for who we are. The reality is that our strength is immense, and it comes from our very core as individuals. I also found the author's predilection for scattering snippets of poetry throughout his writing to be somewhat annoying. I am not personally a fan of poetry unless it is really good poetry, of the kind and quality that someone like, say, G. K. Chesterton might have written. Quoting one's own poetry in a book is something that I generally find rather grating.
Despite these flaws, I would strongly recommend this book to any fellow denizens of the Manosphere who want to understand both themselves and the world around them- and the reality is that large parts of the Manosphere are indeed packed with introverts, who have been ripped off and lied to all their lives and are only now beginning to discover that they are neither alone nor powerless. You may well be amazed at how accurately John's perceptions of the world mirror your own. Indeed, while reading the book, I was constantly struck by how a skinny white guy growing up halfway around the world from me could experience almost the exact same problems and come up with almost the exact same solutions that a (once) chubby brown guy growing up in Asia
Introversion, when properly understood and nurtured, is a personality trait that leads to power, wisdom, and strength. It's not an easy journey. John's book may well help make that journey a little better.
Verdict: 4/5; patchy in places with a few notable flaws, but otherwise a very good read.