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A book that could change your perspective - and save you a fortune.
on 1 November 2012
I first read about Boyle's life without money a few years ago and read his last book, The Moneyless Man, which I utterly enjoyed. It was a human story of an ordinary guy trying to do something extraordinary.
However, I was left wanting more information about why he chose to live that way, and about how I could seriously get by without the need for so much of it myself, while having as good a time as it sounded like he was having! I didn't want to go as far as he did, but also hated the control it had over my life and my constant need for it, which I think we all feel to some extent.
This book has just answered both questions for me, and much, much more.
Firstly, it is beautifully written - witty, insightful, full of depth, very informative - it engrossed me start to finish. His deep understanding of fields as diverse as ecology, politics, anthropology, spirituality and the practicalities of living without money is something unique and rare, and his ability to weave them together into one coherent core philosophy even more so.
Secondly, the philosophy in this book is simply phenomenal, some of the best I have ever read, and I've read some of the greats. He exposes many of the myths and assumptions we hold about the world, things I hadn't even considered before. In the more practical chapters, I learned something new and/or inspiring on every page. I don't agree with everything he says in it, but that's part of the appeal for me: he challenges me to think about them in ways I hadn't before. It's very, very thought provoking, and possibly a real game-changer.
Thirdly, in the three days since finishing it (I read it for free on the book's website but have just bought a copy now for a friend as I want to give something back) I've already saved about £80 and made two new friends today as a direct result of a couple of the many solutions and ideas he shares in this book. That's a slightly better rate of return than the bank offers me on my cash!
This is the book of 2012 for me, and one that I hope is going to really influence my life in 2013 - especially when Christmas spending means its a reality for me in January!