At Home in the Woods: Living the Life of Thoreau Today

At Home in the Woods Living the Life of Thoreau Today Vena and Bradford Angier were disillusioned with city life Brad was a journalist and Vena a dance director One day they packed up all their belongings and set off for a remote spot in the woods of B

  • Title: At Home in the Woods: Living the Life of Thoreau Today
  • Author: Bradford Angier Vena Angier
  • ISBN: 9780020621201
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vena and Bradford Angier were disillusioned with city life Brad was a journalist, and Vena, a dance director One day they packed up all their belongings and set off for a remote spot in the woods of British Columbia This is the story of their first year living the life of Thoreau today simply, happily and successfully.

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    1. Brad and Vena Angier had always wanted to imitate their hero, Henry David Thoreau, and live a self-sufficient life in the wild. Instead they lived a dreary life in Boston - until the day they couldn't take it any more and decided to find somewhere wild to live. They decided on British Columbia, still largely unpopulated after WWII, and built themselves a log cabin in the woods, six miles from the nearest - very small - town. This book, written by both Brad and Vena, though told from Vena's point [...]

    2. Following Vena's writing is difficult throughout the book. She had a tendency to use overly flowery language making it easy to lose the thread of her thoughts. Though short at 245 pages, it took a while to read. There are some valuable parts about surviving outside of municipalities. It's also good for background when reading Bradford's How to Stay Alive In the Woods.

    3. Let me just say I didn't like the writing of this book. References to Thoreau on every page - "What Would Thoreau Do?" and unnatural dialog took me out. Other books on the topic "Farewell My Subaru", "Better Off" are also annoying personal journals of people and their failed experiments of living on the land, off the grid and with nature.

    4. Interesting story. Not great writing. Copyright is 1951 by Bradford Angier, but it's written first person by Vena Angier. It's interesting to see how life was different and the same just 60 years ago.

    5. The Angiers use lots of Thoreau references to inspire their project. That's good as far as it goes. But there was very little of the transcendental thinking Thoreau used. I enjoyed the book on its own merit, as an adventure with purpose.

    6. I listened to this as a Book on Tape. The Angiers wrote about their experience after they moved from the city to a remote area in the woods of British Columbia.

    7. Good read. I gained new respect for Vena who gave up a great deal to follow Brad and live his idealized lifestyle. In many ways a 1950's period piece.

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