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Walden: Or, Life in the Woods (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

Henry David Thoreau
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1 Aug 1995 Dover Thrift Editions
One of the great books of American letters and a masterpiece of reflective philosophizing. Accounts of Thoreau's daily life on the shores of Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, are interwoven with musings on the virtues of self-reliance and individual freedom, on society, government, and other topics.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486284956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486284958
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Each [volume] is preceded by a substantive, lively and idiosyncratic essay. . . . Together, the essays are a mini-course in Thoreau and the trends he launched in American thought."--Nancy Szokan, Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Henry David Thoreau (1817 62) was a renaissance man of the 19th century - a naturalist, philosopher, environmentalist, poet, essayist and abolitionist. Walden is his most famous work. Laura Ross has been a publishing professional for 30 years and has a MFA in criticism from the Yale School of Drama. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel 11 Dec 2003
By Neil P
Format:Paperback
I find it hard to believe that the above reviewers are talking about the same book. This book is one of my personal treasures. Thoreau seems to embody the intelligence and wit of a great thinker with a childlike enthusiasm and excitement about the beauty of the natural world. When you combine that with his desire to live life and his respect for even the most humble of his fellow men you are in for some profound literature. This is not a book to be scan read or rushed through. Savour it, I don't see how you could be disappointed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
And `Tis a shame that I cannot claim this is a re-read after 40 years or so. I can only cite the very well-worn cliché: Better late than never.

Walden is a pond, just outside Concord, Massachusetts, and for two years in the mid-1840's Henry David Thoreau lived a largely solitary existence there, in a simple wooden cabin which he constructed. This book is a collection of his mediations on the natural world, and a person's place in it. Thoreau also ruminates on an individual's place in society and certainly demurs about the hurly-burly existence led by so many, or, in an expression that I had always attributed to T. S. Eliot, but was first coined by him: "the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

The first third of the book is on "economy," and the house that he built near Walden. He describes his labor, and provides a table indicating the total cost, and compares that with the annual rental cost of housing. Similarly, he covers his food, clothing and fuel expenses (the "essentials"), and the underlying theme remains the subject verse, taken from a Shaker song, "Simple Gifts," written about the same time: if you simplify your life, and rid yourself of the bondage of so much self-imposed clutter, you really are much freer, and that includes having the opportunity to take a ramble in the woods, which was a major aspect of his two years at Walden. As Thoreau phrased it: "Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to live simply 11 July 2009
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Walden is a masterpiece by Thoreau, about his years living in a cabin by a lake. He explains the advantages of a vegetarian way of life, saving money otherwise spent on meat, coffee and tobacco. It is the perfect book to take with you for that quiet retreat. I read it on Bardsey Island, living in a simple cottage in peace and tranquillity, and it has inspired me to simplify my life!Walden: Or, Life in the Woods (Dover Thrift)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a book to be pondered, to be read slowly, a book worth the effort to read in order to understand what Thoreau is saying, and to see the application to him- or herself, now, today. As happens with great writing, the reader is changed by this book. Even in reading the first few pages, the reader has a profound experience. Multiply that by reading Walden in entirety and the reader emerges a different person. However, the reader must be willing to enter into Thoreau's world and his experience. Readers who find such writing tedious are, one suspects, too used to reading fast-paced novels. For those with an interest in history, philosophy, the human condition, truth in reality, and simply in having an educated mind, there is no greater work. Walden is truly a world classic.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a different brand of spirituality 15 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
although reading about potatos and bean fields is less than thrilling,Thoreau's simple and impactful words strike a chord and directly address the side of us that so easily becomes overshadowed in a consumerist society. With lines of such force as "Men do not own their homes, but rather the homes own the men", Thoreau's view of life as it should be is revolutionary, fuel for human change.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 22 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
Not the spiritually ascendant promotion of natural living that some seem to believe, Walden is an account of the time Thoreau lived on his own at Walden Pond. At times introspective yet deep, at other times tedious and slow, the book contains moments wherein the author seems to read aloud from the collective human soul; for these moments, which will strike a chord in anyone, the book is worth a read. However it is a product of it's time, and to people who do not much care how many dollars and cents could have been spent in the 19th century to build a wooden hut in a forest, there is a certain amount of sorting wheat from the chaff. A book for those with patience, and lots of it, but there is a reward there if you dig deep enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy, not a record or instruction manual 11 Jun 2010
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Walden was not what I was expecting in one way, in that it isn't a very complete record of how Thoreau actually lived. Yes there are details of his plantings and his accounts, but I was expecting it to be more hands-on in the details of self-sufficiency. However, that is not to say I was disappointed by any means, rather the book is full of WHY he lived in this way and that is much more valuable and interesting. Nearly every page has some deceptively simple thought that opens the mind and allows one to see the world in a different way. He is at his strongest when considering the human condition, and it is worth persevering through some of the denser passages as taken overall this has to be considered a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man of Strong Opinions
....about everything. Barmy, verbose, erudite &, at times, extraordinarily moving. A study in self-imposed solitude & about 100 years ahead of the pack in terms of concern for the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Doris H
1.0 out of 5 stars The incandescent gibberish of a letter from a self-described member of...
Henry D Thoreau of Concord had better go home and ask his mother if she “knows he's out”. Doubtless she, Nature, will say she missed him who is the soul of Walden. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ashtar Command
1.0 out of 5 stars A book of gobbledygook
What a waste of 77p buying this book. It is almost nonsensical in content . It is a book about nothingness. I would recommend that you do not buy
Published 2 months ago by D. hickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting reading
Present to my son and he find the book very interesting, as he spend a lot of his spare time in the wood.
Published 2 months ago by G.Petersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Observing Nature. Philosophical and insightful.
Walden continues with the same theme and exploration set out by other influential nineteenth century transcendental philosophers, most notably, Thoreau's great mentor and friend... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Bought as a gift. The reciepent is delighted with the book. I am delighted with the price and the quick service.
Published 7 months ago by c woosey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent condition my friend will love his present. The book has arrived and it looks amazing if I say so myself
Published 10 months ago by kelv
1.0 out of 5 stars walden
absolutely terrible ordered and paid for book 14th march. promised by 4th april still waiting and getting run around by book depository.
Published 11 months ago by tombeverleytom beverley
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Interesting, and worthwhile, but quite hard going at times. The description he gives of the countryside and animals, human and otherwise, are often poetically beautiful.
Published 11 months ago by Sal
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole book
The book contains only parts. So if you want to read the whole book, don't buy this edition. Reallyn annoying
Published 12 months ago by Vasileios
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