Walden

Walden

Or, Life in the Woods

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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the town for the country. Beside the lake of Walden, he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged one of the great classics of American literature, a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that he saw as the main impulses of mid-19th century America
Publisher: Mt. Vernon, New York : Peter Pauper Press, n.d
Branch Call Number: 818 Tho
Characteristics: 318 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Walden

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A beautiful manifesto for why we choose sustainable living from the original American voice of self-sufficiency.


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VaughanPLSarahN Feb 07, 2017

Walden was not what I expected. I was looking for the story of a man who had decided to live outside society for two years. Instead, I found an essay about how economical and practical it is to do as he did.
I think I would have liked the book better if it was about Thoreau's reflective journey to the conclusions he reached rather than about how clever he finds himself to be and how he'd been right all along.

Cynthia_N Aug 31, 2016

The first half of this book was not pleasant to read. Thoreau was sharing his opinions on the ways other people live their lives and honestly at times I disliked the author. The book did take a turn for the better about halfway through when he started talking about living in the woods. I did end up really enjoying the book.

deleuzerimbaud Oct 13, 2013

Excellent. I own it but have not rushed to finish it due to other reading obligations, however it is the totem of reflection, with richer detail than most contemporary fiction.

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