Walden: Life in the Woods (2020)

Walden: Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau Walden Life in the Woods A beloved classic reissued for contemporary readers Experience a year in the life of Thoreau at Walden Pond in this classic work Visit the bean field the village and the ponds learn about our brute
  • Title: Walden: Life in the Woods
  • Author: Henry David Thoreau
  • ISBN: 9781423646792
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
Walden: Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau A beloved classic reissued for contemporary readers Experience a year in the life of Thoreau at Walden Pond in this classic work Visit the bean field, the village, and the ponds learn about our brute neighbors, the higher laws of nature and humankind, and the benefits of reading and solitude.
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  1. Riku Sayuj

    The first half is written by Thoreau, the accomplished philosopher and soars much above my humble powers of comprehension the second half is written by Thoreau, the amateur naturalist and swims much below my capacity for interest After reading about the influence the book had on Gandhi, I had attempted reading Walden many roughly four times before and each time had to give up before the tenth page due to the onrush of new ideas that enveloped me I put away the book each time with lots of food fo [...]

  2. Jeremy

    Or The Guy Who Liked to Go Outside and Do Stuff If Thoreau were alive today, I bet he d be one of those guys who won t shut up about how he doesn t even own a television Curiously, however, I don t think he d smell bad And he d find Radiohead neither overrated nor God s gift to modern music Just a talented band with a few fairly interesting ideas.

  3. Amanda

    I will go against the grain of society here and say that this was not worth it There are a few gems of wisdom in here, maybe the Cliffs Notes or a HEAVILY abridged version would be tolerable Here s what I didn t like Thoreau went off to live by himself , when in actuality he was a mere 2 miles away from town and could hear the train whistle daily Not exactly out there roughing it He lived in a shack on land that a friend of his owned so he was basically a squatter Most of the food he ate he was [...]

  4. Clare

    Reading Walden was kind of like eating bran flakes You know it s good for you, and to some degree you enjoy the wholesomeness of it, but it s not always particularly exciting The parts of this book that I loved the philosophy, which always held my interest even though I sometimes didn t agree with Thoreau , I really loved, and the parts that I hated the ten pages where he waxes poetic about his bean fields, for instance , I really hated I also got the impression that Thoreau was the kind of guy [...]

  5. Beth

    Oh my gosh, I don t need to mention the good things I ve learned reading Thoreau, but I MUST say that every passionate Thoreau fan I ever met in college was a COMPLETE DOUCHEBAG in a very eco friendly, pseudo hipster, sweetly male centric way Ugh one time when I was a sopho I had to choose a topic for a group presentation in Eng 253 and I was like ooh, transcendentalist literature And suddenly I found myself stuck in a group with two fucking PERFECT Thoreau head douchebags, all scruffy with thei [...]

  6. Lyn

    Poetic prose or prosaic poetry Either way a beautiful work It has the social commentary of a husbandry lesson and the spiritual depth of a prayer It s also apparently timeless Thoreau s ideas about simplicity and spiritual cleanliness are as relevant today as they were in the 1840s I cannot help but mention a college English professor s description of him he lived in a shack out on the outskirts of town he was a bum Still makes laugh.

  7. Chris Bradshaw

    When Henry Thoreau went to Walden Pond in 1845, I wonder what he really thought he was doing there I wonder if he had second thoughts about the whole idea although when he began it was July, and July is a good month to be outdoors, whatever the weather The man, and what he did and how he lived and what he lived for have always been a source of inspiration to me, and to many others Walden is much than one man s account of the years he spent in the woods communing with nature it is a statement of [...]

  8. Janet

    I ve read Walden many times now since that first time in high school I will always love this book, and it reveals itself anew with each reading When I first encountered Thoreau in high school, his words rang in my soul like a prophet s manifesto I admired what seemed to be his unique courage and absolute integrity He inspired me to want to live deliberately, but I knew that a solitary life in a cabin was beyond my abilities His will seemed so much resolute than anything I could ever be capable [...]

  9. Jason Koivu

    I love Thoreau s ideals Taking care of nature is of paramount importance, especially these days as technology flings us farther and faster into the future than we ve ever gone before I also love Walden because I grew up near the pond and would pass it on my way into Boston back in the days when I was a young English major in college Back then I looked upon this book and its ethos as a rallying banner for people who gave a shit about Mother Earth.Given a bit of reflection after a recent reread, [...]

  10. John Wiswell

    Woefully overwritten to the point where most modern readers who might be moved by Thoreau s transcendentalism will be put off by the prose alone If that doesn t get them, his elitist attitude probably will Thoreau took Ralph Waldo Emerson s ideals of choosing for yourself and added, but you re an idiot if you don t choose mine Too many of his asides are condescending views of society or normal people, evidencing that Thoreau was stuck on other people even if he claimed to be independent or above [...]

  11. James

    Book ReviewWalden, an American classicfew of us have likely read all 350 pages, unless you were an English major For most, perhaps 10 15 pages in high school or a college literature course introduced you to Thoreau and Walden Famed philosopher and thinker, it s a book that transports you to nature and the simplicities of life helping to discover who you are, what you want and where things are going A bit of an existential crisis, so to speak It s a good book I have nothing against it, but it did [...]

  12. Diane

    What a beautiful meditation on nature and simple living It s been about 25 years since I picked up Thoreau, and paging through Walden this time I realized I had never read the entire book before Instead, I had only read excerpts that were included in a literature anthology While a lot of this book s famous quotes come from early chapters, to fully appreciate Walden you need to read the whole text Besides his thoughts about trying to live a meaningful and deliberate life, there are some beautifu [...]

  13. Mister Jones

    The very first time I read Walden my immediate response was to begin torching its pages one by one and sacrificing each page as literary cow paddies written by a pompous celibate pretentious boob who masqueraded as self appointed demigogue for the collective conscience of the gods and of course, when read this way it certainly fits at times Thoreau s rhetoric.Many years later, I took my paperback copy off my shelf and was ready to pack it up to be dropped off at the nearest thrift shop, but then [...]

  14. Luís C.

    Thoreau makes us an apology for a healthy life away from the bustle of cities and constraints of modern society and castrating Life as it should savor with nothing and everything around us and beyond us when we want others through profit prohibit enjoyment.Unlike many philosophers understandable for a pretentious intellectual minority, Thoreau speaks true to all of the original life that we live simply and naturally poetic An indispensable bible

  15. Emily May

    If you find yourself having difficulty sleeping, this book is a fantastic cure for insomnia Just writing a review about it makes me want to lie my head down and close my eyes.That being said, I suppose Thoreau s pretentious, self righteous douchebaggery was extremely revolutionary for the time it was written He went to live in a shack in the woods and decided that gave him the right to impart truisms about life Some of them are almost interesting, too, except that Thoreau s prose is so overwritt [...]

  16. Rosie Nguyễn

    Ch c y l quy n s ch hay nh t tui t ng c Tui c m th y v y m kh ng L tr th n i l ch c ch n l c nh ng quy n kh c hay v hay h n r i, tui ph i bi t ch Nh ng m c quy n n y xong th c m x c l n cao ng t tr i l m lu m t t c nh ng quy n s ch kh c l m tui ch bi t Walden th i Walden i Walden i.S ch n i v nh ng t i m ng y x a th i ng n y vi t quy n n y ch a ch c l c quan t m nhi u nghe n i cu c i vi t l ch c a ng kh ng t l n r i v o tr ng h p s ch vi t r t hay m b n kh ng h ch y, h ng bao nhi u ng i ch u mua [...]

  17. Michael Finocchiaro

    This utopian text by Thoreau is absolutely beautiful and something to read when you are in those sloughs of life It will pick you up and transport you as if you, as I have done, were standing on the edge of Walden Pond near Concord, Mass and observing its beautiful circular shape before wading in and swimming across this natural monument saved from developers in the 90s by a group of environmentalists including Robbie Robertson if memory serves The prose is limpid and perfectly balanced and you [...]

  18. booklady

    Walden has really slowed me down I love how Thoreau makes me see things It takes time to see, to hear, and to use the senses properly Usually, I m in too much of a hurry to really look, listen, smell and savor When I able to now, I m looking at the little things around me and thinking about a certain pondWhile reading Walden you can expect to enter another realm During my recent journey there I developed an appreciation of so much which I might otherwise have discounted as detail or background, [...]

  19. Phạm Ngọc Hà

    V o r ng trong hai n m hai th ng hai ng y, Thoreau c m t kho ng c ch thu n l i chi m nghi m cu c s ng tr c y c i m h u h t m i ng i ang s ng, k c t i t n b y gi T ng c nhi u b n lu n ph nh n gi tr c a v n minh, ti n b c, t i s n, m ng, t thi n, l ng y u n c, ngh nghi p, ki m s ng, M t chi ti t m m nh r t th ch l khi Thoreau b n kho n n n l m c ng vi c g ng c 2 l a ch n bu n b n v d y h c Bu n b n th d tha h a con ng i v m t nhi u th i gian th nh th o, c n i d y th ph t n t ng v t c thu nh p v ng [...]

  20. Alex

    A puritan may go to his brown bread crust with as gross an appetite as ever an alderman to his turtle Not that food which entereth into the mouth defileth a man, but the appetite with which it is eaten It is neither the quality nor the quantity, but the devotion to sensual savors.Thoreau and I have an essential difference of philosophy I am an Epicurean, and he is an asshole.Walden has some great moments I appreciate that Thoreau was not just the original hippie, but the original of a particular [...]

  21. Amanda

    I had high hopes for this book written by a self imposed hermit living in the woods However, this is actually just the thoughts of an ignorantly privileged dude who thinks there s only one correct way to live your life and won t shut up about it Whilst Thoreau had many ideas that horrifyingly still apply to our lives today, 170 years later, he presents them with a defensive and pompous tone It was probably to the detriment of Walden that Thoreau published his thoughts almost 10 years after livin [...]

  22. Amor Towles

    FIVE EXPANSIVE BOOKS SET IN CLOSE QUARTERS 4 This summer, the Wall Street Journal asked me to pick five books I admired that were somehow reminiscent of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW To that end, I wrote on five works in which the action is confined to a small space, but in which the reader somehow experiences the world Here is 4 Ironically, one of the most timely pieces of close quarters literature is a work written over 150 years ago in which the author voluntarily commits himself to a one room cabin [...]

  23. Scarlet

    This was my first attempt at philosophy, and although there are lots of great ideas and some beautifully phrased passages here, the meandering structure of it impeded my enjoyment I guess philosophical essays are not quite my thing I m still glad I read it though my boyfriend loves this book and lent me his own much read copy so now I won t be totally lost when he refers to snippets from this book in our conversations 3.5

  24. Jim

    His whole back to nature simplistic look at life do have their appeal I don t subscribe to transcendentalism, but did find his musings broken up by the seasons to be interesting Like most philosophers, his view on life tends to ignore minor details like reality that don t fit into his worldview, but he does stay in the real world most of the time Luckily, he had some money, good health people he could borrow from I don t particularly like the man, though His comments on marriage being a ball cha [...]

  25. Karen

    Oh dear god, this man is both boring and infuriating is that even possible Perhaps he should have heeded his own advice, to suck out all the marrow of his book and reduce it to its lowest terms But no, he instead drags on and on about the most inane details, throwing in obscure literary allusions left and right Now, let me ask, if the book is addressed to poor students, what are the chances that they will understand any of these references Which leads to the question, then why does Thoreau use t [...]

  26. Bob

    This book was a struggle to read Like a chick struggling to hatch and be free of his confining egg, I struggled to get to the end of this book, it was a miserable experience This book is as useless to me as the chick s empty shell is to him Thankfully this reading struggle for me is over, and I too am now free The writing was verbose and dictatorial That is not to say that while reading there were not moments of solid reading enjoyment However, for the benefit of several paragraphs of greatness, [...]

  27. *Swaroop*

    First Published August 9, 1854Thoreau s Walden is a masterpiece and timeless a mandatory read in today s world A voyage of self discovery and manual for self reliance I don t even know how to describe, but there is that peace and calmth in Thoreau s words It is so important to have peace of mind, in order to remain in one pieceWishing you all warmth, peace and fulfillment You need to read Walden at least once.Thoreau s words Direct your eye right inward, and you ll findA thousand regions in your [...]

  28. Darwin8u

    I rarely read books twice, but I already feel the need to come sit by the shores of this book again and again Expansive and infinitely quotable, Walden is one of those books that shakes not just the ground you are standing on, but seems to shake the Sun as well Certainly there are parts of this book that are unrealistic, a little bit crankish, and even a little too self aware However, it is also beautiful, magnificent, and compelling in Thoreau s desire to see man seek the greater, compelling w [...]

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