Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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In my case, very little of Walden inspired me. I personally found Thoreau unbearably egotistical and opinionated. There were a few gems here and there, and I did enjoy the beautiful style in which he described the nature around him...So, reading Walden was not a complete waste for me, but I certainly don’t intend to read it again.
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With its descriptive passages and beautifully sculpted observations and arguments, Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" brings together reflections on society, human nature, self-reliance and mankind's relationship to each other and to nature.

 

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HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817–1862) was born in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of Walden, among other works, he became known for his extreme individualism, his preference for simple, austere living, and his revolt against the demands of society. JEFFREYS. CRAMER is curator of collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He is the editor of the award-winning Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition.
 
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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Roger Lever on Dec 09 2008

Each topic is a combination of philosophical musing, description and practical detail of how exactly he did something including detailed costs if appropriate.

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Scholars And Rogues

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Reviewed by Chris Mackowski on Jan 10 2012

My return to Walden this week—all the way through the book for the first time ever—has been a treasure...it was good to be reminded why Thoreau is worth knowing. I, like so many of the writers I’ve spent time with over the past two weeks, owe him a tremendous debt for leading the way, for showing us how, for walking to the beat of his own drum.

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Literary Kicks

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Reviewed by Levi Asher on Jul 05 2007

You may have to slow your body speed down a bit to catch Henry Thoreau's wavelength, but once you do there is no denying the pure delight found in these words. No other writer -- not even my beloved Henry James -- crafts sentences sharper than those you'll find in Walden.

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New Model Adviser

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Reviewed by Tom Butler-Bowdon on Sep 13 2011

Walden is as attractive as ever to those seeking something more. Many of the thoughts and ideas in it have entered the public consciousness...The book invites the reader to become Thoreau’s companion, enjoying the woods and Walden Pond as he does, and delighting in his commentary on people and society.

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jul 02 2015

This book documents Thoreau's thoughts and experiences, his moving and profound take on life, and his ideas on how to achieve happiness...The book is a work of art, and nothing short of beautiful, with perfect word choice and ideas flowing rather than being cluttered...

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Nov 30 2011

In my case, very little of Walden inspired me. I personally found Thoreau unbearably egotistical and opinionated. There were a few gems here and there, and I did enjoy the beautiful style in which he described the nature around him...So, reading Walden was not a complete waste for me, but I certainly don’t intend to read it again.

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Reviewed by pagesofjulia on Nov 05 2012

I found it rather effortful reading, but worth it in the end. For those who enjoy thought-provoking, challenging, lyrical writings (and longish sentences), it should be a big hit. For those who find these characteristics a little daunting, but are interested in the legacy of Henry David Thoreau, I recommend giving it a go just the same.

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