Walden

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Oxford University Press, UK, Jul 3, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 448 pages
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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, left his home town of Concord, Massachusetts to begin a new life alone, in a rough hut on the north-west shore of Walden Pond. Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of this experiment in solitary living. This new edition of Walden traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and his sense of its history - social, economic and natural. In addition, an ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and animals to which Thoreau gave increasingly close attention as he became acclimatized to his life in the woods by Walden Pond. - ;`The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation' In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his home town of Concord, Massachusetts to begin a new life alone, in a rough hut he built himself a mile and a half away on the north-west shore of Walden Pond. Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of this experiment in solitary living, his refusal to play by the rules of hard work and the accumulation of wealth and above all the freedom it gave him to adapt his living to the natural world around him. This new edition of Walden traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and his sense of its history - social, economic and natural. In addition, an ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and animals to which Thoreau gave increasingly close attention as he became acclimatized to his life in the woods by Walden Pond. -
 

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Love his writing style. - Goodreads
Older English, hard to read. - Goodreads
The beginning was great, gripping even, with his prose. - Goodreads
Boring, both as a thing to do and as a book plot. - Goodreads
Great advice on simple living. - Goodreads
The book is full of insight, it is easy to understand. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

I've always wanted to read this book and I'm happy to say I've done it. It was a long read, but I'm glad I didn't give up. Definitely worth the elegant writing of Thoreau, even if a tad wordy. I'd love to be able to experience my own Walden Pond in this day and age. Read full review

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User Review  - Chittu Desai Reddy - Goodreads

Every student must read this book.... After reading this book I came to know many things especially one thing “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” and many more... and importantly it will change ur thoughts towards many things.... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Note on the Text
Concord area
nightclothes
33woodchuck
43indweller
drillbarrow
woodside
131beanfield
145elmtree
169hilltop
toadstools
Appendix
Explanatory Notes

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