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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486419320, Paperback)
Classic of American literature not only vividly narrates a boat trip Thoreau took with his brother in 1839 but also contains thought-provoking observations on literature, philosophy, Native American and Puritan histories of New England, friends, and a diversity of other topics. "A book of wonderful merit." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"Thoreau's account of the 1839 river voyage he made with his brother is both a compelling travel narrative and a meditation on the meanings of time, history, and loss." "Thoreau's Week shares many themes with his classic Walden: self-renewal in nature, the spiritual meanings of perception, and the shallowness of contemporary culture, religion, and politics. But while Walden portrays a pastoral life essentially impervious to time, A Week dramatizes change and the inevitability of loss. The loss that implicitly informs the narrative, deepening its elegiac treatment of New England's past, is the tragic death of Thoreau's brother, John, only three years after the journey. Yet, through the classic structure of departure and return, Thoreau imaginatively redeems both his personal and historical losses, as he voyages upon the stream of time.". "In A Week, descriptions of natural phenomena, the rural landscape, and local characters are interwoven with reflections on literature and philosophy, the Native American and Puritan histories of New England, Eastern sacred writings, the imperfections of Christianity, and many other subjects."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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