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Devastatingly wonderful. I had read parts of this at uni, of course, but never the whole work. I wouldn't recommend this for everyone, or perhaps many, but it is the heart of a movement which I hold very dear.
Thoreau can be pretentious, out of touch, and extremely frustrating at times. Occasionally he rambles, or goes so in-depth into a description that you lose a full understanding of what is really going on.
However, he makes up for this—and is at his best—when he shows his pure and unadulterated excitement for what is around him. This appears specifically when he is nature writing. One can feel the joy and appreciation radiate off the page, and it fills you with the desire to see the world in a more Thoreauvian way.
I appreciate his “deliberate” and simpler perspective to life, especially in a time of my life that has been chaotic and somewhat arduous. I hope some of the messages of this book stick with me for the years to come. Especially, “time is but a stream I go a’fishing in.”
Not what I thought it would be, but interesting in some parts. I expected more of a criticism to society than details on his daily activities.
I must be the only person that found this boring - but I did.
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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Walden / The Maine Woods / Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
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Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.
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i think i still get mad about Walden because i thought i was the one who always found a way to like required texts, and though many tested me, this one just totally beat me.
oh well. other people get some real nice stuff out of it, so that's cool.