Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Mostly enjoyed the encouraging and questioning tone of the book.
It's big success for me is to tie strands together so that the connection between capatalism, society and the individual can be seen from a new perspective.
The idea that one can find a better way to live a more contented and self sufficient life by questioning received ideas about lots of aspects of life.
One small thing that grates is that the notion that life was always better in the past - I've a feeling that people have been saying that for hundreds of years, but I suppose it's better than postponing living for the sake of some better future.
All in all if I had to explain the book to someone, I'd summarize by saying that you need to take responsibility for as much of your own happiness as possible and find the strength to go your own way.
Mearso said on Jan 26, 2008, 11:39
Radical, can be a little bit impractical to non-British readers in some chapters. But overall a good read for those tired of the city life and consumerism as a whole. Freedom may not be attainable as trivially as depicted by the author, but a read of this book may actually give you the confidence to start getting rid of the many chains of modern society, or a reassurance that you are not the only one who's sick of the twisted life of a modern man.
Prof Nemo said on Jun 22, 2007, 16:15