FREE Essay on Solitude, Isolation and Loneliness
A sense of detached wonderment pervades Henry Thoreau's self-analysis on the shores of Walden: "I only know myself as a human entity; the scene, so to speak, of thoughts and affections," he writes in his essay on solitude, "and am sensible of a certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another... When the play, it may be the tragedy, of life is over, the spectator goes his way. It was a kind of fiction, a work of the imagination only, so far as he was concerned."
Is this fiction or documentary? Somewhere between the two? Irish director Pat Collins has made one of those where the distinction’s unimportant, with this minimalist essay on solitude and the natural world. Most of the people in it are interviewed as themselves. Meanwhile, the writer Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde “plays” a sound recordist, Eoghan, who leaves his life in Berlin behind to find places around Ireland’s coast unpolluted by man-made noise.