Stately oaks, ivy-covered walls, the opposite sex these are the things that likely come to mind for most Americans when they think about the "nature" of college. But the real nature of college is hidden in plain sight: it’s flowing out of the keg, it’s woven into the mascots on our T-shirts. Engaging in a deep and richly entertaining study of "campus ecology," The Nature of College explores one day in the life of the average student, questioning what "natural" is and what "common sense" is really good for and weighing the collective impacts of the everyday. In the end, this fascinating, highly original book rediscovers and repurposes the great and timeless opportunity presented by college: to study the American way of life, and to develop a more sustainable, better way to live.
James J. Farrell
Brand: Milkweed Editions
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is by far one of the worst books I've ever read. It's a long run-on sentence asking humans (but mostly directed at the college crowd) to do better for the environment and asks that we see how we affect the environment in EVERY SINGLE action we make. Even when we eat cereal, apparently. Sound ridiculous? It is.
This book does nothing but complain about how un-sustainable humanity is but offers no solution to any of it. It repeats the same idea of "humans are not sustainable at all" in 11 agonizing chapters. It's like reading a goddarn fact sheet. It's boring to the point of wanting to scratch my eyes out.
Please don't believe the reviewer at the top giving it 5 stars. PLEASE. I read A LOT, and I usually keep an open mind, but this book just downright pissed me off.
So much for wasting paper to write a (terrible) book on ecology, Mr. Farrell.
I have never hated reading a book as much as this. It is essentially a 200+ page extended metaphor comparing college to nature, and offers such insights as comparing a shower to a waterfall, and florescent lights to the sun. Every sentence of the book is a painfully obvious observation that practically anyone could have put into writing. The book misleads the reader into thinking that they will receive some new insight or advice into the unfamiliar college world, but all this book succeeded in doing was waste my time. Between the multitude of words and phrases that the author invents off the top of his head, and the overall useless subject matter, i have concluded that this is literally one of the worst books i have ever read. Thanks a lot TCNJ.
I really expected this book to teach me valuable lessons about college and the future I have ahead of myself. Rather than that, I was faced with pages on pages of repetition. Every chapter relayed the same information, telling you have every single thing from the clothes on your back to the car you drive to showering and flushing the toilet is destroying the environment. Do not expect to read this book without wreathing in guilt afterwards. It is completely politically biased and the worst book I have ever read. It took me 2 hours to get through 20 pages because of how horribly it is written. Never read this book, it is a huge insult to the environment to even have it printed on 300 pages of paper that could have gone to much better use.
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