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The Quest of the Simple Life Paperback – July 12, 2010
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Events come to a head when Mr. Dawson is let go from his position after 20 years of service. After much searching Mr. Dawson is able to find a perfect country cottage. The process of moving and remodeling the cottage soon teaches much needed lessons in practical live to the Dawson family. They soon find themselves both happier and busier than they ever where in the city.
In sum I found the books description of Mr. Dawson's lonely life in London to have striking similarities with current suburban life. And while complaints of lack of social interaction are one of the themes of the book, Mr. Dawson had much more interaction than modern workers. This book is a warning of things to come, showing the problems and providing solutions to society.
Also I enjoyed the well-crafted thought process employed by Dawson. Minimalism wasn't a well-used term back then and I don't even know if the term existed, but the idea behind it certainly titillates many of us today - a simpler life, an uncluttered way of living, yes truly inspiring. But this isn't a read for everyone. Many will lose interest when they discover that they don't understand the terms or when they get bogged down in the seemingly endless streams of reasoning. I benefited from this read, but I believe most readers won't follow it through.
I love how he described everything including his financial situation. Since I live in the country and am a nature lover, I could really enjoy reading this inspiring book.
The writing alone would be enough to pick this up, but the message is excellent as well. It's amazing how the concept of wanting to live a simple life has really come around full circle. Can't say enough great things about this work!