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Walden (Writings of Henry D. Thoreau) Paperback – 21 Jun 1989
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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
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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.
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".
The copy I purchased on 13 May 2016 from Amazon - ISBN 9 780393 930900 - is of perfect quality. I need it for my next OU course so was a bit worried but there are no problems with my copy. The book is roughly the size of a DVD box (but thicker, 688 pages). The text inside is fine and full copyright and publishing information is there as expected. Font sizes are as expected and both front and rear covers are fine.
(I'm guessing the other reviewer accidentally received some mutant, misprinted edition)
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