- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493505033
- ISBN-13: 978-1493505036
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,293,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his 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 he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs. He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
He made me want to get up and just walk - in any direction, with no purpose except that of walking. It's not about taking excercise. It's about wandering for two or three hours and observing nature, the sky, trees, walking past villas, down road, across fields and being excited by a new vista. It's a refreshing simple book to read that reminds you that when life gets too complex and hurried, all you have to do is put on your jacket, open the front door and go for a walk.
Thoreau writes well, and has many interesting observations. Whether his observations and conclusions add up to a coherent philosophy of life is more debateable. And whether others should make the time/space/leisure to follow in his footsteps is far from clear. Is Thoreau taking a walk out beyond himself? Or is he walking away from conventional responsibilities?
Whatever view you take of Thoreau he's an interesting character and interesting author, and you'll enjoy the time you spend in his company.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can be hard work at times to read, but his amazing love of mother nature shines through.Published 5 months ago by Jude