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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Walden (original 1854; edition 2004)

by Henry David Thoreau

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First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau's groundbreaking book has influenced generations of readers and continues to inspire and inform anyone with an open mind and a love of nature. With Bill McKibben providing a newly revised Introduction and helpful annotations that place Thoreau firmly in his role as cultural and spiritual seer, this beautiful edition of "Walden" for the new millennium is more accessible and relevant than ever.… (more)
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Interesting.. but narrow. thoreau wants to live alone- fine, but why burden everyone else with it... still he is pretty sharply mean/petty in a fun way. ( )
  apende | Jul 12, 2022 |
Ifjúkorom nagy kudarca volt ez a könyv, egyáltalán nem boldogultam vele. Kimegy a csávó az erdőbe, és még egy medvével se találkozik – hát mit érdekel ez engem? Érett (bár sosem elég érett) olvasóként most ismét nekifutottam, hátha sikerül törlesztenem a régi tartozást – és lőn. El van olvasva a Walden. Hurrá.

Belátom, ez a szöveg tele van olyan értékekkel, amelyek anno elkerülték a figyelmemet.
1.) Thoreau egész egyszerűen káprázatos nyelvérzékkel van megáldva. Csak kapkodja a fejét az ember ezeken a tündökletes megfogalmazásokon, amelyek gondolati mélységükön túl még kristálytisztára csiszolt lírának is bizonyulnak – bizonnyal akad amerikai barátunknál szabatosabb és tömörebb gondolkodó, de olyan, aki ilyen szépen ír, kevés.
2.) A Walden egy egészen sajátos tempójú könyv – olyan, mintha az ember a fű növését nézné. Ifjúkoromban alighanem ez volt az, ami megakadályozta, hogy belefeledkezzem (akkoriban jobb dolgom is akadt, mint a fű növését nézni), de most kifejezetten élveztem. Lassan haladtam vele, az igaz, de néha nem rossz lassan haladni. (Bááár… néha igen-igen nehéz.)
3.) Thoreau szövegei (a Walden, valamint híres esszéje a polgári ellenállásról, ami szintúgy a kötetben található) éppúgy megkerülhetetlen alapművek az ember és társadalom modernitásbeli viszonyában, mint amennyire megkerülhetetlenek a kereszténység számára Szent Ágoston vallomásai. A szerző Marxszal egy időben rámutat a társadalmi elidegenedés veszélyeire – külön pluszpont, hogy nem pusztán az ipar, hanem a földművelés kontextusában is, hisz a tanyasi paraszt, aki látástól vakulásig dolgozik a piacnak, ugyanúgy rabja saját munkájának, mint a munkás. Thoreau ezen felül már azelőtt felhívja a figyelmet a minimalizmus, a visszafogott fogyasztás szükségességére, mielőtt egyáltalán kialakult volna a „fogyasztói társadalom” definíciója – ezzel pedig kábé 100-150 évvel megelőzte korát. De még ennél is fontosabb, hogy ezek az írások egy olyan erkölcsöt írnak le, ahol az egyén morális törvényei nem a közösségből, nem is az egyházból, hanem önmagából, saját szuverenitásából vezethetőek le – Kantéhoz mérhető erejű maximák ezek.

Nem mindenben értünk egyet Thoreau-val, az biztos. A végtelen amerikai terek már eleve más válaszokat tettek lehetővé, mint amilyeneket a XXI. század kínál – ha én most például kimennék a Városmajorba, és elkezdenék magamnak egy rönkházat építeni, hamarosan tutira felfokozott rendőri jelenlétre kéne számítanom. De tagadhatatlan, hogy Thoreau-ban egy eredeti, impulzív, hogy azt ne mondjam: bájos gondolkodót ismertem meg. Kár lett volna kihagyni. ( )
  Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" is in essence a love letter to nature. This book is remarkable as a piece of 19th century New England transcendental philosophy. Thoreau muses as he lives in the woods for a time, telling his reader of his views - he wishes for a slower, more simple life far more connected to the natural world than social constructs; he admires the animals and plants for living in the moment, and wishes they were not abused, even praising plant based diets. His attitudes are not always what a 21st century reader may wish - and while these passages can be critiqued, they also serve as insight into what a "progressive" man of the 19th century thought of his world. His encounters with neighbours and other inhabitants of the wood provide the reader a good understanding of this 19th century anglophone male perspective. Overall, this work is a phenomenal piece of literature, and I find new passages each time that stand out to me. However you wish to analyse and understand 'Walden', it will provide insight. ( )
  WaldensLibrary | Jun 24, 2022 |
This book connects to my human experience immeasurably. If you grew up in a conservative Christian environment the book will perhaps lead to a born-again experience and a baptism and resurrection to new life apart form popular forms of American religion. Thoreau's relationship with the divine is beyond the piety of any Christian I've met and the his wisdom pours out everywhere, like a new Jesus preaching the kingdom of heaven to come on earth. A man of deep spiritual insight into the natural world of all sorts of animals, especially of human animals, Thoreau recounts the insights he learned while living in the woods for a short time and rejecting common social conventions. Spirituality here is connected to the earth from whence it was created. Nothing is free of criticism, especially not even the pro-next, anti-this, life Christian religion. If you like this book, you might want to get a hold of "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" by the same author. ( )
  s_grace | May 15, 2022 |
"I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society." ( )
  roseandisabella | Mar 18, 2022 |
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I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.
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When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my two hand only.
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We are wont to forget that the sun looks on our cultivated fields and on the prairies and forests without distinction. They all reflect and absorb his rays alike, and the former make but a small part of the glorious picture which he beholds in his daily course. In his view the earth is all equally cultivated like a garden. Therefore we should receive the benefit of his light and heat with a corresponding trust and magnanimity.
wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
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First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau's groundbreaking book has influenced generations of readers and continues to inspire and inform anyone with an open mind and a love of nature. With Bill McKibben providing a newly revised Introduction and helpful annotations that place Thoreau firmly in his role as cultural and spiritual seer, this beautiful edition of "Walden" for the new millennium is more accessible and relevant than ever.

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Originally published in 1854, Walden, or Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature.
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