I have finished listening to Nomadland, not going to review it. The author wrote as a journalist documenting the stories of individual people who took to the road. American of course, and this takes us through states, camping sites, long journeys and people who are mostly women.
Just watched the short trailer of the film, and know before I would ever watch the film, that it would be romanticised to a degree. How you can romanticise working at Amazon I find hard to imagine though. Reality dictates that when changes arises in our lives we do something about it. Here, the frailties of the economy in America in 2008 when jobs were lost and mortgages called in, set people on a different road, exciting maybe but moving all the time in a variety of campers must have been hard. They talk of friendliness amongst the campers, the sharing of times together, but no hot baths or proper loo facilities were probably part of the package. Living on inadequate social security pay, work was also important and boy was it hard at Amazon.
There was a story, a link that ran through, this was Linda, a friend of the author Jessica Bruder. Linda's goal is to buy some land and build an 'earthship' the idea of which was founded in America. I would like to see a follow-up film, in the building of this but there again, the lone 'pioneers' of the Green movement in America are thin on the ground.
America is a large country, you just could not take to the road in Britain, camping all year round is not allowed and would be pretty miserable in our climate anyway but the book allows you a glimpse of another side of America and is definitely a way to tackle a problem of being 'houseless'
Welcome rain greets me in the garden, grey skies though as well. My new glasses, both pairs are scratch free and open the world a little more, I had anti-glare as well which is a great help against the sun.
And a tune to go with it, rather aptly it has just been playing on Radio 3. Sung by Peggy Seeger, do you remember Pete Seeger and 'Little Boxes', all such a long time ago!