Walden (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, May 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Originally published in 1854, Walden, or Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature.

This new paperback edition--introduced by noted American writer John Updike--celebrates the 150th anniversary of this classic work. Much of Walden's material is derived from Thoreau's journals and contains such engaging pieces as "Reading" and "The Pond in the Winter." Other famous sections involve Thoreau's visits with a Canadian woodcutter and with an Irish family, a trip to Concord, and a description of his bean field. This is the complete and authoritative text of Walden--as close to Thoreau's original intention as all available evidence allows.

For the student and for the general reader, this is the ideal presentation of Thoreau's great document of social criticism and dissent.

  

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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  - Leo - Goodreads

There seem to exist postmodernists in every age. Thoreau's impenetrable and rambling prose is good for at least one thing: putting the reader to sleep. There are a few (not many) useful insights to be found by those who succeed in staying awake, but they're few and far between. Read full review

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User Review  - Jen Davide - Goodreads

"Walden," by Thoreau is not the typical book that I usually read. I found parts of it to be interesting, as the author presented some unconventional, yet true ideas about society and human nature. I ... Read full review

Contents

Economy
3
Where I Lived and What I Lived For
81
Reading
99
Sounds
111
Solitude
129
Visitors
140
The BeanField
155
The Village
167
Higher Laws
210
Brute Neighbors
223
HouseWarming
238
Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors
256
Winter Animals
271
The Pond in Winter
282
Spring
299
Conclusion
320

The Ponds
173
Baker Farm
201

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About the author (2010)

John Updike is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet, internationally known for his novels "Rabbit, Run" (1960), "Rabbit Redux" (1971), "Rabbit is Rich" (1981), and "Rabbit at Rest" (1990). He lives in rural Massachusetts.

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