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Walking (Annotated Edition) by [Thoreau, Henry David, MacMechan, Archibald]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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A meandering ode to the simple act and accomplished art of taking a walk. Profound and humorous, companionable and curmudgeonly. Walking, by America's first nature writer, is your personal and portable guide to the activity that, like no other, awakens the senses and soul to the 'absolute freedom and wildness' of nature.

About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, and philosopher, who is best known for his works Waldena treatise about living in concert with the natural worldand Civil Disobedience, in which he espoused the need to morally resist the actions of an unjust state. Thoreau s work heavily reflects the ideologies of the American transcendentalists, and he has long been considered a leading figure in the movement along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and, at first, Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his views later in life). In addition to his writing, which totaled more than twenty volumes, Thoreau was an active abolitionist, and lectured regularly against the Fugitive Slave Law. Thoreau died in 1862, and is buried along with Louisa May Alcott, Ellery Channing, and other notable Americans in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481031015
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AS18UM6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This slim volume of Thoreau's thoughts is delightful. Unfortunately the book doesn't give the original publication date. He's a 19th century American author and unlike many of his time, Thoreau writes clearly and satirically. His first and second paragraphs grab you as he explains his love of walking or 'sauntering'. His thoughts were radical for the time as he saw humans as part of nature, not above it. He valued freedom and wildness above all else.

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.
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It is a perfect little book to carry with you for inspiration. It makes me want to take a walk... and the beautiful thing about this book is that it allows me to take a walk in my mind without ever leaving my office or room. I have and will continue to read it over and over.
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This is a classic book by a highly regarded American author.In this book the text has been well edited, and the editor also supplies a good introduction about Thoreau and his context and evolution.

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.
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This is a quirky little lecture that, like Thoreau's ideal walk - just setting out with no idea of where he might end up, but generally heading South-West - meanders about, at times with spectacular views. Thoreau's big central idea about societies heading West is the most interesting part, but it's always rewarding to spend time with him, even when he's slightly outspoken and annoying, and this lecture gives you a good dose of his style and personality. It doesn't have the structure of his more well-known works but a nice diversion nonetheless. Read Walden, then come back to this, maybe.
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This essay is well written, but this edition is very short and the afterword is pulled off Wikipedia. The essay only comprises half the book. I'd download the essay and read the Wikipedia page instead of purchasing this.
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Takes you to another world while based on activity we could all do far more than many of us feel we have time for.
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I sent this to a friend as a gift and it was received in good time. As far as I can tell, the book was in good condition. It is a good book - I recommend it.
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At times this may be difficult to read, however you have to allow for the time period. It is a great read, if you have any interest in environmentalism, walking or the great outdoors.
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