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Preview — Walden and Civil Disobedience Riverside Edition Paperback by Henry David Thoreau
Walden and Civil Disobedience Riverside Edition Paperback
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Naturalist and philosopher Thoreau's timeless essays on the role of humanity -- in the world of nature, and in society and government.
A concise introduction that gives readers important background information
A chronology of the author's life and work
A timeline of s...more
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An experiment in simplicity, getting close to nature, I'm all for it. But when your experiment ends in a renewal of your previous lifestyle, how can you advise others to make changes that would leave them in the position permanently?
At first it all seemed rather nice "the majority of men live lives of quiet desperation" and all that. But then I found out about the doughnuts.
Apparently every so often Thoreau would walk down the road to the nearby town where his Mum lived and she would treat him to doughnuts. Thoreau in Walden doesn't mention the doughnuts, instead detailing the amount of beans he grew but for me the doughnuts torpedo the project in three ways.
perhaps intermittently between screams. (As a side note I would like to say that I am terrified of bugs. Especially the flying ones that like to bite) In denial of the adject horror I was experiencing ...more
Escritos no século XIX, tanto Walden (Walden ou a Vida nos Bosques) como Civil Disobedience (A Desobediência Civil) continuam a fazer todo o sentido à luz dos conhecimentos e experiência que adquirimos ao longo de mais de século e meio de tempo decorrido.
Ao partilhar connosco a sua experiência nos bosques de Walden, onde viveu dois anos isolado, Thoreau pretende mostrar-nos uma via alternativa; uma outra forma de viver, mais conscienciosa e em harmonia tanto connosco como com a Natureza. Quebra
Okay, so coming to the end of "Walden" (we didn't read "Civil Disobedience"), I was just completely unimpressed. Thoreau is so redundant and he contradicts his own ideas multiple times. The plot of the book (if you can even call it a plot) focuses on Thoreau's experience living on his own for two years, supporting himself solely and living off of the land near Walden Pond. This experiment was meant to prove that he could be self-sufficient wit ...more
It's easy to mock Thoreau--if you've never actually read the work. For all his seeming pretensions and the empty, wrong-headed criticisms leveled against him as "the guy who lived in someon ...more
+ Philosophical Discussions
+ Unbelievable air of beauty in certain chapters
Final Rating: 5.8 / 10
It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof....more
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But how happens it that he who is said to enjoy these things is so commonly a poor civilized man, while the savage, which has them not, is rich as a savage? The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
If Walden were published today, it would be one of those tone-deaf voluntary poverty memoirs, with roots in some shitty blog with a large following of young white male libertarians. Thoreau was a Harvard-educated white dude who chose to live in the forest, and there's a particularly painful part of Walden in which he lectures an impoverished distant neighbor (who has a wife and kids) on how he shoul ...more
I felt some degree of ideological stimulation and an immense sense of reverence when considering his political theories. I felt a chill while imagining Gandhi's and Dr. Kin ...more
There were some real gems in this book - the sections on 'Sound' and 'Solitude' may end up being my favorite part of the book, since I also love watching & listening to nature. And he spent a very interesting 4 pages describing a war between red ants & black ants! But then he followed that up with a long, boring description of Walden Pond, how its shoreline is made of a belt of smoo ...more
Surly primativist lives in woods & muses about beans, ice, animals, and suchlike. There's much consternation regarding the local village, the train, the citylife. Might have more reasonably entitled this Against the Townies.
"Civil Disobediance" is also a waste of space--libertarian propaganda not saved by anti-war & anti-slavery propositions.
Numerous pithy statements in both texts, but godsdamm ...more
One would think that Thoreau was commenting on t ...more
So, here are five points of rating, each "worth" 20%. I will then add the percentages and give the book the appropriate star value.
Writing style: I like Thoreau's writing style. It's better aloud, which I discovered unfortunately when I was more than halfway through the book. I started reading it aloud, and it flo ...more
Los dos años que pasó Thoreau en la cabaña que construyó con sus propias manos y sin ayuda de nadie a orillas de la laguna de Walden, en medio del bosque, le cundieron mucho, pues en ese tiempo escribió dos obras (Walden y Del deber de la desobediencia civil) y se hizo experto en la flora y fauna locales. Su forma de pensar, libre y no contaminada por nada ni nadie, es un gran estímulo en estos tiem ...more
Thoreau's books, ...more