The Way Home

The Way Home

Tales From A Life Without Technology

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It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever.

No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce.

In this honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life without modern technology, Mark Boyle explores the hard won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the spring, foraging and fishing.

What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons, where life and death dance in a primal landscape of blood, wood, muck, water, and fire - much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

Publisher: London : Oneworld, 2019.
ISBN: 9781786076007
1786076004
Branch Call Number: 640 BOYLE M
Characteristics: xix, 266 pages ; 23 cm

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LPL_KateG Aug 07, 2019

While in some ways, I'm tech-centric (social media addict, smart phone user, etc.), I'm also a bit of a Luddite -- I've been living without the Internet at home for nearly a year and *just* got my first non-"tube" TV (ever) last week. This book was a super interesting read for both side... Read More »


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LPL_KateG Aug 07, 2019

While in some ways, I'm tech-centric (social media addict, smart phone user, etc.), I'm also a bit of a Luddite -- I've been living without the Internet at home for nearly a year and *just* got my first non-"tube" TV (ever) last week. This book was a super interesting read for both sides of me. I loved the descriptions of life FAR off-grid in the Irish countryside and I also appreciated the author's commentary on how his own views on environmental and economic issues have changed over time. Boyle went from a mid-20s vegan and animal rights activist to being a late-30s homesteader who hunts (or fishes) to feed his family, and it was quite an emotional journey. I appreciated Boyle's self reflection on how our views are able to shift as our lives change. I'm not giving up electricity any time soon, but this book did make me think a lot.

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