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Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (the Collected Essays of Henry David Thoreau) (Digireads.com Classic) Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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From the Back Cover
Philosopher, naturalist, poet and rugged individualist, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves, to follow the dictates of their own conscience and to make an art of their lives. This representative sampling of his thought includes five of his most frequently cited and read essays: 'Civil Disobedience, ' his most powerful and influential political essay, exalts the law of conscience over civil law. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are fascinated by the anarchist ideal of living separate from 'social order' (i.e. government by others), and the naturists ambition of relying on what the environment provides, then I highly recommend this book. Not only is the 'idea' a grand one, but the way Thoreau expresses himself is so eloquent as to make this book a timeless classic.
I suppose I've felt for a while that I 'should' read Thoreau's work, even though anything that carries the label 'masterpiece' is likely to be a disappointment. And so it proved. There is much worthy thought here, but I had to grind my way through it. I like nature as much as the next man (unless the next man is a nudist), but one's concentration begins to pale at the umpteenth description of soil, leaves, or the sound of the loon. Most of the transcendent sections I found to be in either the chapter entitled 'The Pond in Winter' or the 'Conclusion' - so, if you're of a cynical persuasion (or short of time), you might just want to dip your nose in there.