Walden Or Life In The Woods

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2009 reprint of 1854. Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Thoreau's lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore; while displaying a ...
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Walden; or, Life in the Woods: Bold-faced Ideas for Living a Truly Transcendent Life

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2009 reprint of 1854. Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Thoreau's lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore; while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs. Walden remains to this day one of the great books of American literature.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781578988402
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2000

    Focus on the ever-present duality of America!

    First off, understand two things: a) Thoreau wrote this over 150 years ago, and so neither the prose nor the pacing conforms to late-20th-century expectations. b) the man hits on many concepts that STILL provoke heated debate 150 years later! This book identifies important currents in American life... our love/hate relationship with the environment; our willingness to stick our nose into other peoples' problems, telling them how to solve them - yet blithely ignoring our own problems; and the all-consuming need for money. If you want to read a book that encourages Americans to sit back and think seriously about how we live our lives, then this is a great place to start - as long as you note the caveat up top!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Boring as all get out

    Extremely boring novel that might put you to sleep.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Unreadabke due to OCR issues

    Terribke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Poorly done OCR version

    Lots of spelling errs and weird letterd

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    I really enjoy it

    I really enjoy it

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Best book ever!

    I have a hardcopy, paperback and now a digital copy. I think everyone would benefit from reading this book. I get lost in this book for hours at a time. I always want Thoreau with me! This book is full of wisdom. Living a life as close to Thoreau's as possible makes his words hit close to home for me. Simplify, Simplify!

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Walden is a classic... but someone screwed up on the description

    Walden is a classic... but someone screwed up on the description of this book. The webpage says that this is a work about the Russian revolution????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    Book arrived very quickly and in great shape. An awesome buy.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    A wonderful classic by an accomplished author.

    This is the ultimate classic of political philosophy. Thank you for making a low cost Nook edition.

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