The ten hours of Alan Watts lecture are extremely interesting and useful. The way he takes the studies of zen and buddhism and translates them into simple, interesting metaphors for english speakers to understand is a great accomplishment. He had a keen perception of the problems that face both people from the eastern and western hemispheres and he had a way of being able to relieve your anxieties by just showing you how silly or uneccessary your way of thinking was.
Filled with many, many ideas to lead a better, more peaceful life and how to overcome some of the simple, but widespread problems met by most everyone in our western society.
Probably the most memorable quote, although not the most important was, "Anyone who goes to see a psychiatrist needs to get their head examined." We constantly search for answers and have questions to things that we really don't know, and nobody knows. Stop searching for a grand answer. The title says it all, "You're It!"
Very interesting story, but being a big fan of Sanderson, I can't help wanting more! A short story is a short story though and while this plot was pretty interesting, it was not the amazing fantasy world I had come to expect from Brandon. That being said, it is still a very fun plot and made me begin to question what insanity really is.
Would highly recommend it none-the-less, the narrator's performance is awesome.
It still surprises me that this was written in 1854. This man had a keen perception of the trials and faults of his society which are just as apparent today. His ideas of living simply, conflicts with consumerism, not being in debt to anyone, not having to work the youth of your life to enjoy the small bit of retirement at the end are things I have always grappled with. The way he describes the simple pleasures of life can really make you appreciate all you have that had yet to even be invented in his time.
Another book it reminded me of was Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. Another story of a man in the wild largely by himself. The beauty of nature and the human experience is found in both these novels.
The narrator talks like how I think someone would sound from that time period and you can feel his angst and appreciation bring to life Henry David Thoreau's words. People had reviewed that they didn't like his narration, so listen to the preview as it maybe not to everyone's taste. I did enjoy it very much.
Amazing book. Starts out relatively slow describing the cost and process to build his cabin, with some interesting, although seemingly irrelevant tangents thrown in. By living essentially alone, it becomes very introspective and wondering. So it is very philosophical in that nature and I find some of his words quite enlightening. I am excited to finish this book.
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