Originally published in 1854, Walden, or Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature.This new paperback edition--introduced by noted American... show more
Originally published in 1854, Walden, or Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature.This new paperback edition--introduced by noted American writer John Updike--celebrates the 150th anniversary of this classic work. Much of Walden's material is derived from Thoreau's journals and contains such engaging pieces as "Reading" and "The Pond in the Winter." Other famous sections involve Thoreau's visits with a Canadian woodcutter and with an Irish family, a trip to Concord, and a description of his bean field. This is the complete and authoritative text of Walden--as close to Thoreau's original intention as all available evidence allows.For the student and for the general reader, this is the ideal presentation of Thoreau's great document of social criticism and dissent.
Publish date: March 29th 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
I am pretty on board with the philosophy that the author is trying to put forward, but I just really can't stand the overdone writing with all its flourishes and tangents. Another era I suppose. I'll try to find a summary of the main philosophical ideas somewhere else. DNF.
So, Walden. There's some nice, flowery prose here. Also some overly discursive and recursive prose that I found tedious. But overall, and I'm writing this as someone who's happiest living out in the woods where I can't see my neighbors, the book drove me bonkers. His privilege is suffocating. ...
If I start to read a book, I almost always will end up finishing the book. I don't recommend starting this book because it's really not worth the effort. This book dealt mostly with feelings and poetic imagery (but not the composition that poetry usually employs) and such books usually confuse me ...
He has an opinion about EVERYTHING and this is all of those bound together. Even though many of the things, prices, etc are out of date, the story's points transfer to every time period. This is suppose to make the reader think about what is important in life and live accordingly. Even though it ...
I vacillated as I read this. I was often engrossed in Thoreau's twin urges—to simplicity, and to presence in each moment within nature. But I was repelled by his twin delusions—that the poorer a person is, the happier he must be, and that Thoreau himself was aware of the One True Way to live. He spe...