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Title: Lots of salient lessons for aspiring community-builders
Content: I greatly enjoyed this book. It's thoroughly researched and very elegantly written. It discusses the social, political and intellectual contexts in which the different communities were set up. But personally I enjoyed most the nitty gritty detail about life on the farms/communes and how people's visions played out in reality. Setting up a community is hard! It's one thing to aspire to 'till the land', quite another to make it happen. Here are people who knew little about agriculture (not all of them, but some) trying to coax produce out of our sometimes recalcitrant Earth. And money was an issue. Diversify your revenue streams and don't depend on agriculture alone! If you set up a community you probably need a healthy bank balance and access to a decent supermarket. All of which is not to say this is a how-to manual - it's obviously much more than that. And it's not cynical - it treats all of its subjects with considered judgement. Overall I'd say it's a great book because you can read it in several different ways - a social/intellectual history, a how-to manual, an exploration of the virtues and frailties of human nature... it will appeal to different types of mind.
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Title: Fascinating reading
Content: This book is a history of six attempts during the inter-war years to build a better life in a number of countries such as India, Japan, England and France to name a few. It displays how the people generally by a captivating personality persuaded people to become part of a new community to fundamentally change society and make life better. A really interesting common thread throughout all of the communities was that the people were interesting thinkers who could outline a philosophy but couldn't work out the practicalities of how a community would work in practice such as finding living arrangements for all their community and how to make it financially sustainable. There was also an issue that the people that lived in these utopian communities tended to look to the founders to guide them even though that wasn't the intention. I found it fascinating reading of the various different philosophies of the different communities. You could see with some of them as you were reading how the community would evolve. Good to read of various attempts to make the world a better place.
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Title: ARC
Content: The Utopians is the remarkable story of six experimental communities – Santiniketan-Sriniketan in India, Dartington Hall in England, Atarashiki Mura in Japan, the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in France, the Bruderhof in Germany and Trabuco College in America – that sprang up in the aftermath of the First World War. I found it fascinating reading of the various different philosophies of the different communities. You could see with some of them as you were reading how the community would evolve. This would work much better as a hard copy/physical book rather than an E-book. This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. 3.5/5.
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Title: A thoughtful, accessible, stimulating tour of post WW1 attempts to shape a better world.
Content: A thoroughly good, accessible read - a thoughtful and stimulating tour of post WW1 attempts to shape a better world. Mostly impractical, sometimes bonkers though these communities were, the account of them is never less than vivid and thought-provoking. Topical in the search for a balance of head, heart and hand, most of these communities were stronger on head and heart and largely short on both economic and practial implementation. Recommended.
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Title: Fascinating worlds, entertaining read
Content: This is a fascinating and very entertaining book. Anna Neima's fluent prose is a pleasure to read as she tells the stories of six communities whose utopian ideals struggled with practicalities of living and of fundamental human nature. This isn't a subject I knew very much about before I picked the book up. I've spent many joyful summer days engrossed in their worlds.
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Title: Lots of salient lessons for aspiring community-builders
Content: I greatly enjoyed this book. It's thoroughly researched and very elegantly written. It discusses the social, political and intellectual contexts in which the different communities were set up. But personally I enjoyed most the nitty gritty detail about life on the farms/communes and how people's visions played out in reality. Setting up a community is hard! It's one thing to aspire to 'till the land', quite another to make it happen. Here are people who knew little about agriculture (not all of them, but some) trying to coax produce out of our sometimes recalcitrant Earth. And money was an issue. Diversify your revenue streams and don't depend on agriculture alone! If you set up a community you probably need a healthy bank balance and access to a decent supermarket. All of which is not to say this is a how-to manual - it's obviously much more than that. And it's not cynical - it treats all of its subjects with considered judgement. Overall I'd say it's a great book because you can read it in several different ways - a social/intellectual history, a how-to manual, an exploration of the virtues and frailties of human nature... it will appeal to different types of mind.
Rating:
Title: Fascinating reading
Content: This book is a history of six attempts during the inter-war years to build a better life in a number of countries such as India, Japan, England and France to name a few. It displays how the people generally by a captivating personality persuaded people to become part of a new community to fundamentally change society and make life better. A really interesting common thread throughout all of the communities was that the people were interesting thinkers who could outline a philosophy but couldn't work out the practicalities of how a community would work in practice such as finding living arrangements for all their community and how to make it financially sustainable. There was also an issue that the people that lived in these utopian communities tended to look to the founders to guide them even though that wasn't the intention. I found it fascinating reading of the various different philosophies of the different communities. You could see with some of them as you were reading how the community would evolve. Good to read of various attempts to make the world a better place.
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