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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 July 2016
Thoreau's 'Walden' is a beautifully written piece of American literature - describing the life and experiences of the author as he embarks on a year-long adventure: living a more simple, at-one-with-nature existence. Thoreau retreated from 'civilisation' and headed off to a remote woodland area, where he lived in a small cabin. It's here that he enjoys life at its fullest - without worrying about such things as money and bills, or keeping-up appearances. Thoreau lived by his own means - from fishing to picking fruit - and felt a new sense of freedom. He encourages other to pursue such an emancipated lifestyle - and presents this as a 'self-help' book.

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.
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on 19 March 2013
For some reason I thought this would be more explorative than it is subjective. However in as much as it presents one man's thoughts and experience relating to one state, the arguments put make perfect, reasoned sense.

Thoreau's thoughts are as relevant today as in his day and to any state. The statement that leapt out to me - "A very few--as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men--serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it." - is certainly still very true. This is a very quotable work and one that still has the power to inspire subjects the world over.

Without being revolutionary, without inciting uprising, Thoreau sought to make a difference in his own sphere. He also experienced the futility of it when everyone around sought to ensure he did not fall foul of the state. I can't help but wonder what he would make of the Internet and the power it has brought to us to raise a united voice against injustice. I would imagine he'd embrace it and use it to great effect.

What Thoreau above all conveys is a wish for a peaceful end to injustice enforced upon the minority by the majority and when taken into account that the minority is very often several minorities which add up to a greater number than the so called majority, a difference could be made if each person in the minorities made but a small stand.

So very relevant to today's world. How nice it would be if one day we could look back and say "but that doesn't apply anymore".
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on 15 April 2017
Really impressive intellectual stimulae.
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on 27 March 2017
A wonderful book, spoilt a little by cheap paper.
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on 11 September 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION. It is a really bad example of Print on Demand. It's terrible. LOVely comver picture but all wrong inside. Big regrets. Oh and it is printed by Amazon themselves. ...
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on 19 May 2017
Everyone should go to the woods for a few days with this book
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on 10 October 2017
A great book in these uncertain times governments
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on 18 October 2016
Good introduction of the basic tenets of civil disobedience, not to be confused with the liberal theory of non-violent law breaking, but underpins the principles of civil disobedience, insofar as purposefully seeking to change a law deemed unfair or unjust.
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on 5 February 2013
I bought this book because I have developed an interest in meditation.
Thoreau was years ahead of his time in his ideas about issues which are so relevant today.
Can't summarise in a few words, but definitely of interest to anyone looking for a different approach to modern life.
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on 19 April 2015
REFRESHING TO FIND SOMEONE FROM THE PAST BELIEVED THE KIND OF THINGS A ''MODERN'' PERSON CAN RELATE TO
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