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  • Title: Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living
  • Author: Doug Fine
  • ISBN: 9781400066445
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Farewell, My Subaru An Epic Adventure in Local Living
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    1. I wanted to like the book I did Having given up my own car and adopted a simpler lifestyle, I was curious to see how that sort of tale would translate to the page to address the general populace What I got was the stereotypical idealistic liberal do gooder gets back to earth and makes an ass of himself because he didn t think first story that so many people like to mock I mean, come on you want to buy a place in the country where you can be self sufficient in growing your food, and you choose dr [...]

    2. Fine is a surfer sounding travel journalist turned crunchy hippy writing about his exploits in going local in the New Mexican desert His exploits and ideas and reasons are great and I wholeheartedly support him and others like him making changes in their lives However, I am surprised this man s occupation was as a journalist because his writing ability apparently doesn t transpose well to novel form I was bored by his tone, by his new agey surfer lingo and metaphors, and his total dropping of th [...]

    3. I appreciate the subject matter reducing carbon footprints, bringing local food to the table, exploring alternative fuel use, participating in animal husbandry for the sake of self sufficiency, and so on I mean, that stuff is what I get into Mr Fine tackles all those subjects with the bravado and swagger of American manifest destiny He buys a ridiculously oversized american truck to run on biodiesel and replace his small, reliable, compact, good gas mileage Subaru Somehow, his chronicles of dati [...]

    4. This book REALLY makes me want to move to the sticks and get some goats I m kind of sick of all these books about people taking a year off to do this or that, or live a different way maybe I m just bitter that I don t have a disposable income that would allow me to go traipsing off to do crazy stuff just for the hell of it But this book felt different to me this guy really believes in what he s trying to do, and he still lives at the Funky Butte Ranch, which says something A very quick, inspirat [...]

    5. An easy and extremely enjoyable read about Doug Fine s experiment in green living This is a humorous addition to the sustainable living genre.

    6. A cutsey look at living off the grid and eating local I thought the author tried a bit too hard to be funny I chuckled a bit, and managed to finish the book, but it got a bit tedious The experience wasn t even a good summary of his experience and definitely not chronological, which I found confusing He d be talking about egg production and I d wonder where he was getting the egg supply lo and behold he had had chickens for months and never mentioned them The garden is the last thing mentioned in [...]

    7. hated this book from the moment that the dude offered up a recipe for bruschetta didn t even call it bruschetta because he seems to have never heard of bruschetta before he presented the recipe as if it were a remarkable discovery he made whilst dicking around in his kitchen one day, as opposed to a standard fare appetizer at any half reputable italian restaurant anywhere in the world , i knew i was in for a bumpy ride the dude is apparently a journalist, which i find difficult to believe his pr [...]

    8. My husband would HATE this guy Punch him in the nose I kept giggling to myself as I read this goofy lame brained adventure book about a new yorker becoming a self sufficient farmer in New Mexico, imagining the reception this earnest city slicker goofus had with the local ranchers He shakes his head in wonder that Bush supporters and Desert Storm Veterans could also be generous neighbors and biodiesel mechanics.The author, his set up, and his whole shtick are almost too easy to mock He s a libera [...]

    9. What a Green Adventure I sought out this book, Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine after coming across an article that suggested it as a good green read The environment is a topic close to my heart and I thought it might help me become aware and propel action within our own communities.The author takes us on his journey to live a green life by using less oil, powering his life by renewable energy, eating locally and not dying in the process To do this, he moves to New Mexico and in a year s time b [...]

    10. Someone that I work with was giving this book away I have to say that I am glad that I didn t waste the 15.00 and yes, that is the USA not the Canada price and paperback to boot On the back jacket of this book The Washington Post claims boldly, Fine is story teller in the mold of Douglas Adams and recommends the book to fans of Hitchiker s Guide This leads me to one of two possible conclusions that the person who wrote the Washington Post review has never read Hitchiker s Guide or that the perso [...]

    11. This book was a light, quick read that I enjoyed and probably would give a 3.5 star rating to if I could It s about Doug Fine s journey from normal East Coaster to New Mexican rancher over the course of 2007 Part of what made it enjoyable was its reference at times to current events, which made me feel like I was reading something so contemporary, it might be possible to do it myself.Fine s very liberal stances cannot be hidden in his predilection for words While in no way a conservative, I felt [...]

    12. Farewell My Subaru follows the trials and travails of journalist Doug Fine in his efforts to truly live green while also enjoying modern amenities Americans have become accustomed to such as car travel and the internet Fine s book truly shines both due to his incessant passion for preserving our earth, and through his hold no punches wit Whether he s joking about the draft dodging righties, taking a knock at Diebold, or lamenting his rose eating young goats, Fine allows his nonchalant wit to tak [...]

    13. I, like other reviewers, wanted to like this book I m all about people my age going back to the land without giving up the internet Doug Fine disappointed me, though He seemed to spend time thinking of getting laid than on how to live lightly And, as he freely admits, he lived in a spirit of contradiction Getting a big honking truck just to use biofuel, for instance, seems pretty silly The book doesn t inspire and it doesn t elucidate how to live the good life, either It just limps along, tryin [...]

    14. I found this book both facile and deeply disturbing Fine struck me as a whiny, yuppie with at best a half assed commitment to the environment I didn t like the tone, I didn t like the way he went about his alleged conversion, and I found most, if not all, of his conclusions completely flawed I suspect that if I had read this before I was eyeball deep in the stunning, life altering What We Leave Behind, I might have judged Fine leniently Fine s changes are superficial and don t address the fact [...]

    15. Similar to Barbara Kingsolver s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle but shorter and funnier This is the story of a man s start at living without fossil fuels and through self reliant farming, hunting and living Fine purchases a property in New Mexico and attempts to tame the elements in order to raise chicken, goats, and vegetables He changes to solar panels and a vehicle fueled with used vegetable oil.The author s sense of humor is evident through the naming of his animals a rooster named Dick Cheney as [...]

    16. My city is having a Green challenge, with neighborhoods competing to see who can save the most energy electricity petroleum water , and avoid waste There is an app that you buzz when you complete a task, with points awarded for different tasks I ve gotten weirdly competitive, and in an effort to score points I found one of the books on the recommended reading list at the library I love sustainability issues, and I love reading, so I just assumed I d love this But no The writing was meh, and I m [...]

    17. This book was chosen as the summer read for the local high school, so I picked it up to be current with the kids To be honest, I m not sure how I m going to incorporate it into my classes some of the mentions are not quite age appropriate and I was surprised it was selected But I think my biggest issue was the fact that, to me, it seemed like the author was trying to be funny witty sarcastic with every single sentence It was exhausting, and it felt put on I felt that the writing improved, and th [...]

    18. The author kind of makes me want to pat him on the head and bless his little heart He writes from a place of absolute privilege Fine is living off savings with this he buys a ranch, a truck that he has fitted to run on veggie oil, and sets of solar panels at 12k a shot , and has the audacity to imply that everyone has the ability to live as he does He calls his experiment of living on a ranch a success after only a year, and I think he truly lost me when he wrote that his girlfriend is beautiful [...]

    19. I wouldn t say it was epic, but it was interesting and I was excited to hear about someone just going for it I have a few how to books written by folks that have been living green lifestyles for 40 yrs and so it was nice to just hear the story of someone trying to get started in the lifestyle The how to books were daunting to someone who has always lived in the suburbs and who had their very first garden just a few years back and a very little teeny tiny garden at that This bumbling schmo gave m [...]

    20. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, but ultimately the schtick of I m from Long Island But now I m in New Mexico With goats just got old The book felt less than fully developed and quite short putting recipes and useless environmental factoids seemed like filler Unfortunately, I wouldn t recommend it.

    21. Listened to the audiobook Found the author to be rather annoying as he continually plunges into endeavors without enough planning and so has to keep rebuying things and chalks it up to fate and shenanigans And included recipes and tried for a humor that really I found to be shamefully ripping off Kingsolver Least he s doing it though, he get s an extra star there.

    22. An excellent book for all those that can think for themselves As a native New Mexican, I believe this book portrays many of the trials that locals endure Living in rural NM changes people in exciting ways, and I feel that this book is a great example of how us New Mexicans turn toward our environment and neighbors for everything that makes us whole and healthy.

    23. Two stars for the efforts Doug makes, but none for his writing, which tends to repetition and an inflated sense of hilarity I came away from the book with my own interest in a greener lifestyle piqued, but unsatisfied the contents were affable, but so superficial I didn t get the impression I d learned anything from his experiences.

    24. Actually I would give this book a three and a half The author describes in detail how difficult and expensive initially it is to go green I don t think I could do it He uses some clever similes and metaphors to keep it light and amusing.

    25. I listened to the audio book read by the author Coming from a rural community and having grown up with gardens and occasional farm animals I was often shaking my head while listening He has a condescending tone towards the locals who have, in fact, been surviving in this hostile environment , chooses a terrible environment to attempt his experiment and comes across as fairly clueless Hyperbole got old, fast.

    26. This was a fun book about the quest of an individual to become environmentally cognizant and the challenges that he faces in embracing an agrarian lifestyle in rural New Mexico It was a really enjoyable and interesting read

    27. I had hoped this book would provide somewhat of a template that could be applied to my own life but found it to be like personal storytelling, bypassing many details I do love that Doug s character is forever present throughout the book, an easy read.

    28. I wanted to like this book The adventure was good, but the overwhelming political nature and, importantly, condescending manner to his neighbors made this not a fun read.

    29. This book is seriously goals I can t wait to start my tiny house build and then figure out how to live as off the grid as possible.

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