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Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father's Search for the Wild #2020

Cabin Fever A Suburban Father s Search for the Wild A modern Walden if Thoreau had had three kids and a minivan Cabin Fever is a serious yet irreverent take on living in a cabin in the woods while also living within our high tech materialist culture T

  • Title: Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father's Search for the Wild
  • Author: Tom Montgomery Fate
  • ISBN: 9780807000960
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father's Search for the Wild By Tom Montgomery Fate, A modern Walden if Thoreau had had three kids and a minivan Cabin Fever is a serious yet irreverent take on living in a cabin in the woods while also living within our high tech, materialist culture Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan This is the serious yet irreverent sensibility that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to applyA modern Walden if Thoreau had had three kids and a minivan Cabin Fever is a serious yet irreverent take on living in a cabin in the woods while also living within our high tech, materialist culture Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan This is the serious yet irreverent sensibility that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to apply the hermit philosopher s insights to a busy modern life Tom Montgomery Fate lives in a Chicago suburb, where he is a husband, father, professor, and active member of his community He also lives in a cabin built with the help of friends in the Michigan woods, where he walks by the river, chops wood, and reads Thoreau by candle light While he divides his time between suburbia and the cabin, Fate s point is not to draw a line between the two but to ask what each has to say about the other How do we balance nature picking blackberries with technology tapping BlackBerrys What is revealed about human boundaries when a coyote wanders into a Quiznos Can a cardinal protecting chicks from a hungry cat teach us anything about instincts and parenting Fate seeks a attentive, deliberate way of seeing the world and our place in it, not only among the trees and birds but also in the context of our relationships and society A seasonal nature memoir, Cabin Fever takes readers on a search for the wild both in the woods and within ourselves Although we are often estranged from nature in our daily lives, Fate shows that we can recover our kinship with the earth and its other inhabitants if we are willing to pay attention In his exploration of how we are to live a deliberate life amid a high tech, material world, Fate invites readers into an interrogation of their own lives, and into a new kind of vision the possibility of enough in a culture of .

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    1. Cabin Fever is a collection of essays about the author s thoughts and experiences at the family cabin Fate, a suburban family man, identifies with Thoreau, and is a close reader of Walden and Thoreau s journals Many of these essays contrast Fate s modern, somewhat fractured life with the deliberate lifestyle Thoreau led than a century ago I am very interested in the book s theme, which seems to probe various answers to the question of how a modern person who lives with a family in the suburbs [...]

    2. Quotable What I m seeking here is a deliberate life But deliberate doesn t just mean intentional or careful it means balanced.To put it plainly, a deliberate life is a search for balance in mind body and spirit amid our daily lives.Home That s where I m headed This is an invitation to the way finding These words are tracks through a sun dazzled meadow and a long winter night full of coughing children They follow ants and cicadas and coyotes and the sudden twists and turns of love and marriage T [...]

    3. I love the premise of this book of essays what if Thoreau was a suburban father of 3 Indeed Didn t you think about that as you read Walden The author, Tom Fate, is a true fan of Thoreau, and he brings a similar love for Wildness into his life in suburban Chicago, or at his primitive cabin in Sawyer, Michigan I think this would be a great gift book for a guy who has an inner Walden

    4. I enjoyed this book Modeled after Thoreau s Walden, the book is organized by the four seasons of a year, and each reflective essay is preceded by a epigraph taken from one of Thoreau s writings Each essay seeks the wilderness within and without, and looks for balance and meaning in the woods as well as suburbia.

    5. Full of observations, reflections on our place in and as part of the natural world A delightful reminiscence of a year spent building a cabin while writing with Thoreau s words as prompts Wonder, and the reverence it brings, is the best part of human nature.

    6. This book was a lot funnier than I expected it to be, and also spiritual It s not just about finding a place in the woods in order to be reflective it s about the balance between that space away and the space immersed in the everyday, the bustle, the technologies and demands of modern life.

    7. I loved this book I really liked the funny storis and especially like the many references to Henry David Thoreau.

    8. Great book, definitely worth reading for anyone who likes or even tolerates Thoreau and lives in suburbia like me.

    9. At the beginning hardly interesting, but in the middle it picks up and is enjoyable The chapters are loosely coupled to each other but could easily be a collection of blog posts, wanderings inside Tom s head Open ended questions asked by Thoreau applied to a modern reader s mind and family I read this before Walden, knowing I will end up loving that book so thank you for preparing me for that The writing style stood in the way of a fourth star, especially in the nature heavy sections where too [...]

    10. Nice title Cabin Fever A Suburban Father s Search for the Wild More than that, though It shows that in this chaotic world that a person with responsibilities can go back into nature, using Thoreau as his master, and not just survive but live life to its fullest I liked this short little book, for its simplicity and calmness The author is good at attempting to combine the feelings that he uncovers at his house in the woods and carry them home to his suburban Chicago family and home Much easier to [...]

    11. The themes here are interesting finding balance in life, being a suburban parent while still trying to live in a searching sort of way There are some nice images and some nice writing But I just didn t feel the depth It highlighted for me how hard really great nature and personal essay writing is to do First you have to be one of the lucky ones that thinks really great thoughts, like Annie Dillard If you don t have the thoughts, the illustrative observations and experiences just don t hold up ve [...]

    12. This book is an example of why you shouldn t impulse grab books at the library I love the idea of a cabin in the woods, and thought that is what I d get Suburban guy buys some land designs and builds his get away place.Instead I got a whinny overly sensitive book about life and reading Thoreau No escapism here, no uplifting how to deal with stress by returning to nature I had considered one star, and then realized I should have read it closer and then I might have passed on reading it.

    13. I really wanted to like this but could not get into it very well, read a few chapters and skimmed a few others hoping to get into the book, just couldn t Have read many other cabin in the woods books and enjoyed the back to nature writings but this one fell short.

    14. Observations by a suburban family man who wants to live as much like Henry David Thoreau as possible It s hard but I like the idea.

    15. Almost as memorable and quotable as Henry David Thoreau s writings which it digests and comments upon.

    16. Who doesn t like the idea of a cabin in the woods to call their own With humor and subtlety the author weaves in bits and pieces of Thoreau and the modern world.

    17. Slow read, which is what works best for books like this Makes you reflect on things going on in your own life.

    18. I didn t finish it Just couldn t get into it, and I tried many times, but it s not fair to rate it when I didn t finish.

    19. Meh Some salient points, but seemed like the author was writing the book for himself than the audience.

    20. very well written Not quite what I was expecting, but I suppose if I had read the reviews or at least read Walden first I would have had a better idea This is a book to get lost in the prose.

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