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From the Author

Have you noticed that there's a disturbing vibe in the world today? There's a whole lot of shouting and name-calling but very little true discourse. And worst of all, there's a common assumption that anyone who disagrees with a particular belief is a moron, a heathen, an anti-American radical or - increasingly - all three. That realization was the catalyst for my new novel, Walden 3.0.

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

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"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146636548X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466365483
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,872,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martin L. Davis II on January 2, 2012
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Thoreau was best known for his literary work at his secluded pond. In Walden 3.0, author Fragasso takes his journalist protagonist on a guided tour of a fictional open but secluded self-sufficient society that questions conventional treatment of modern topics from work to marriage to religion and beyond. It causes discomfort to both ends of the ideological spectrum and causes the reader to contemplate why we do some of the things we do. The book contains adult themes and language at times with romance being a minor backdrop to a work of philosophy.

This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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While the characters and the community of Walden are by no means perfect, this book is filled with so much content. From great quotes to scenarios that make you think, as well as lots of current references from the real world. It makes you think about the things we as a global community let slide when it comes to inept leaders. It's honest and sweet, and makes you wonder...is there really a Walden 3.0 out there?

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.
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Whether you're someone who finds deep comfort in convention for convention's sake, or the thought of convention makes your flesh crawl, Walden 3.0 will kickstart your brain and help you come to a deeper understanding of social conventions--from the way we take care of our sick to the way we raise children to why we get married.

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.
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Lots of big ideas. I obviously have my own opinions about each of the aspects of Walden, but my eyes have been opened more to how our own society functions and why. If you are offended easily...this book is probably not for you. But if you can maintain an open mind, it's a very, very interesting read. Highly recommended.
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This "... no-holds-barred, Purple-State black comedy aims its sites (sic) on parenting, romantic love, higher education ..." Really??? I am sure one of those sights* will reveal a profound truth.

*Intentional misspelling.
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