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on 22 July 2015
This book really shows up the difference between US and English cultures. At the beginning, the American author feels herself unable to resist the lure of advertisements and gets into debt, after trying to live as she thinks people-like-her should live. She undergoes conversion, and over several years gets rid of things she's bought, gives up her car, downsizes her house, and lives simply. This makes her happy, and is a lot cheaper than her previous lifestyle. Maybe my friends are a peculiar group, but this just couldn't apply to them. We don't want to live simply, but to live intensely. Love of friends and family, and being socially useful one way or another, is what turns us on. And the way we live needs various capabilities to support it. A simple life where you can't have visitors to stay in your tiny house? Where you don't read books unless your library has them? Not my style.
And, as well as this, I was simply bored by the book and the author's self-centred concerns.