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Radical Simplicity Paperback – September 6, 2005
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1. Poor grammar throughout. I guess Price wouldn't feel like an authentic writer if he had hired an editor.
2. Simple living is always a great thing when you put the burden of raising your children on your spouse. While Price wrote of the small amounts of money he made and of his own expenditures living his life, I wondered how in the world his ex-wife/partner, who lived elsewhere, sometimes very far elsewhere, was raising their two children and going to school at the same time. I don't doubt Price's love for his family. His lifestyle and theirs just weren't compatible. He and his children's mother made it all happen. It would be interesting, though, to hear their points of view about this family arrangement.
Still, there were good thoughts and ideas to be gleaned from this book.
When Price was young, he found a cupboard to crawl into with some blankets and a pillow for his Saturday morning nap. Since then, he has sought out small spaces to live. Price built and lived in many different contstructions in his lifetime including tipis, tents, cabins, and his ultimate dream house: a "hobbit hole". Great photos and sketches of these structures (inside and out) are included in this book.
Many people ask Price how he bathes. His solution was to build a sauna (a "sweat box" hut), cool off in the river, and then scrub himself down with biodegradable soap. Since he does not have a refrigerator, Price uses a food dehydrator for meat and plums. Yet he still has a van.
Yes, his lifestyle is too radical for me. Though I don't own a vehicle, I do need the hustle and bustle of a city. I'm more of an "indoor" kind of gal. Still, it's fun to read about someone's current life that's so extremely different from my own.
Given the choice of rereading Radical Simplicity or Walden, I'd pick Walden. But I'm glad I took a couple of hours to read Dan Price's book. If you are a Tolkien fan, you'll at least want to check out the sketches and photos of his hobbit-like home.
You can read more about Radical Simplicity on the book's website. Price also has a website for his other books and his 50+ issues of Moonlight Chronicles.
Many people will appreciate how Dan has chosen to live and many will no doubt have problems with the way he has decided to live separately from his family. Very few will be able to or want to duplicate his lifestyle, however, and there I think is the most valid criticism of the book. This book is not a practical recipe for living simply; but then the book is titled "Radical Simplicity," so I don't think it was intended to be.
This book is an autobiography of a man who has chosen to live a life very different than most people. On that basis I very much enjoyed the book.
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This book is a wonderful story of how someone got tired of being in the rat race & decided to be true to himself regardless of what others may think. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GigglingPixie
I loved this book so much it made me want to go find a field and build a den-like house, as Dan did. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Hallatt
Excellent book. It's nice to know that there's a back up plan for when I get divorced and lose my house. Kinda makes me wanna quit my job and build a hut in the woods.Published 16 months ago by PinkFloydFM4
This book was soooo good!! I couldn't put it down!! What a great writer and what an inspiration to all!Published 20 months ago by Lori S Syme
I came across some "New" vintage shirts by this author and wanted to research him. Found out he wrote this about his life.Published on October 16, 2013 by M. Murray
Dan presents a bold argument for Radical Simplicity. Even if the reader is unwilling to go all the way, there are so many insights into simplifying our daily lives that the book is... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by LloydWilliams
I purchased this book thinking it would offer sound advice and inspire me to simplify my life. The guy is fifty something years old and lives in a cave. Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by Sunny Point