- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd. (April 22 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789493322
- ISBN-13: 978-0789493323
- Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 2.6 x 28.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Self Sufficient Life And How To Live It Hardcover – Apr 1 2003
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About the Author
John Seymour is the author of over 40 books, including The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency and The Forgotten Arts and Crafts. He has made numerous films and radio programs devoted to rural matters, self-sufficiency and the environment.
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1) The book is as comprehensive of an off grid horticultural manual you will find, it gives you the basics of everything farming. A horticultural encyclopedia of sorts. From Bee hives to livestock to grains to butter to butchery...
2) The illustrations (especially the full scale operation images that show highly detailed drawings of diff parts of the garden with labels)are nifty and sort of romanticize the ideas presented, although the author emphasized the hardship reality of the life...
3) Barring some energy alternatives presented, the information in this book is bare bones mostly and thus will stand the test of time.
4) The philosophy of self-sufficiency promoted by the author presents as authentic and genuine.
1) The book itself is not very rugged. It would be nice if there were a waterproof version or something to that effect in case a person wanted it on hand for quick reference while out in the field.
2) Some illustrations would be more helpful as images, especially with the plants as it would be hard to identify many on the basis of these generic illustrations, photos would be better, but they wanted to keep the cartoony theme going I suppose...
If you buy this book and harbour any ambitions of becoming self-sufficient, you will find it endlessly useful, and your go-to reference. If you buy it because you are looking for a quick and easy way to live cheaper, you should abandon your efforts now, as Seymour starts off with an anecdote highlighting the fact that this life is a lot of hard work, but (and this is the key point), hard work is not a bad thing, and indeed is actually a good thing. If you disagree with him on this last point, then you are lost.
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