And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal "it" to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond "to live deliberately" and cease "the hurry and waste of life"? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone.
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About the Author
Mathias B. Freese is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist who has authored six books. His I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust won the Beverly Hills Book Awards and the Reader's Favorite Book Award, and it was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards, the Paris Book Festival, and the Amsterdam Book Festival. In 2016 Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers, his first memoir, received seven awards.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a story of reflection as Matt tells about moving from his home in Henderson, NV to Harvest, AL. He reminisces about events in his life and how Henry Thoreau would look at them. Being in his seventies he is suffering from that dreaded necessity, old age. You will also see how this has an effect on his and Nina’s lives. This was an interesting trip as Matt analysis his life and brings you to the closing line “And then I am gone.” He is trying to live a simpler life without fret and worry about things that he cannot control but these things inevitably creep into his life. I will say that the one thing that really stuck with me was when he was talking about why he writes. “I write because I am compelled to do so by my feelings and thoughts, all that noise in the crankcase of my mind. I believe that writing as an ordering of the cacophony we all have in our minds.” What a great way to explain the reasoning behind writing. This is a wonderful story. Not everything is perfect but we must keep trudging through this thing we call life and do the best that we can. I received And Then I Am Gone from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.