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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely entertaining. A real page turner, 27 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom (Paperback)
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A surprisingly engaging account of one young student's attempts to first pay-off his massive student loan, then stay out of debt - whilst continuing to study - for the rest of his life. What starts out as a simple need to get out of debt and stay out soon becomes his life's quest: to eschew the trappings and up-with-the-Joneses nonsenses of modern consumerism and live a simple life that is also full of excitement and adventure.
The part about living in a van - something apparently frowned upon by his university (and just exactly why, I'm still not entirely sure. Ken is, at this point, a graduate student and an adult in his mid twenties. Why his university feel they should have any say in where or how he lives at all, is a mystery, but apparently, they do) - is only a small part of the story, which is really an autobiography based on Ken's eternal quest to live a different, bigger life than the one his parents and culture have mapped out for him. It does get a bit irritating towards the latter half of the book, when his attempts to pare life down to the most bare and basic necessities becomes so excessive and obsessive I began to worry about his sanity.
But then Ken has something of an epiphany, realising that even Thoreau had his mother do his laundry. In the end, in Ken's attempts to emulate his hero, he winds up probably wiser, and certainly more social than Henry David Thoreau.
Walden on Wheels is consistently engaging: Ken has a way of grabbing your attention and running with it. He's managed to write a genuinely entertaining account of paying off your debts, which is quite the feat in itself. Highly recommended.
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