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Walden 3.0 Paperback – October 1, 2011
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From the Author
Walden 3.0 presents a dystopian community that teeters between freedom and repression, between individuality and conformity, and between idealism and cynicism. It's a work of fiction - with a little bit of romance thrown in - and it offers something to delight and dismay pretty much everyone - including myself.
And that's what dystopian literature should do - challenge our preconceived notions and thought processes and help us look at our lives and other people with a new appreciation for our differences and commonalities. Because, at the heart of the matter, we're all just people made up of thousands of shades of gray with very little that's black-and-white.
I hope you enjoy the book and I trust Henry David Thoreau and B.F. Skinner will forgive me for co-opting their Walden motif.
Thank you - Phil Fragasso
From the Inside Flap
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
"The discrepancy between man's technical power and the wisdom with which he uses it has grown conspicuously wider year by year."
Walden Two, B. F. Skinner
"Perfectly rational people turn into psychopaths when someone questions their beliefs or suggests a different line of thought."
Walden 3.0, Phil Fragasso
Top Customer Reviews
This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book so much I'm going to make a list of the things I enjoyed the most:
- the author presented an original concept, a community that seeks to be liberal, progressive and nurturing - thinking of the person as well as the entire community in a holistic way.
- the community is a work-in-progress - there is constant change and they're always moving towards improvement.
- that the community isn't perfect - he didn't present utopia because let's be realistic, any community that presents themselves that way is probably a cult.
- the characters were real without being whiny and annoying.
- all the puns and witty titles for places and things...hilarious.
I had a few moments when laughter got the best of me in public...let's just say people at my bank, the pharmacy, school and a medical centre might think I am a crazy person.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
In this Gladwell-meets-B.F. Skinner novel, Phil Fragasso presents a world that you may not want to live in--but parts of that world will seep into your consciousness, helping you to examine your own life and live more deeply. "The unexamined life," Socrates said, "is not worth living." Walden 3.0 provides a much-needed lens through which we can take a closer observation.