Walden and Civil Disobedience Riverside Edition Paperback
BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP
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...more
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?
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
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
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
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
I look at this as a manual on how to cut the fat from one's life to focus on what one really wants to do rather than get caught up in the day to day. Just because Thoreau lived his way, doesn't mean we should live like him.. I don't think that's wh...more
I also maybekindasorta read Civil Disobedience in Mr. Carta's Sophomore English, but the likelihood is that it was mostly not read.
Henry David Thoreau woul...more
But if you are going to spend the time needed to digest this...more
But I shall withhold judgment for now...
Four essays later...I have decided that I don't like Thoreau very much.
I read in a book that Thoreau actually didn't really go off and live by himself for two years...what he actually did was sit around in a little house in the woods by himself, and then come back to his house and society, just like any normal person...sort of like a little kid with a backyard fort?
I dunno for sure if it's true, but Thoreau sor...more
Several of Thoreau's other works are more engaging and accessible, from the Maine Woods (perhaps my favorite) to Cape Cod, even A Week on the Conco...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
I was reading other reviews, and I just have to say I blew those guys out of the water with my perfect setting to read Walden at: on the dock looking out at Bear Pond in Maine, with loon calls echoing in the background and the sun setting. I'd definitely say this setting heightened my reading experience, which is probably why I gave this book five stars instead of four. But Walden was go...more
Though the novel has been an important inspiration for some philosophers, and I appreciate it's importance and the novelty of Thoreau's ideas at t...more
When I read Sherlock Holmes last year, I loved the fantastic characters and the overly complex, yet right-under-your-nose mysteries. Again, this book is not like that, yet I love the way that both authors use 19th century English in its best form. To entertain.
I love that particular s...more
I've wanted to read "Civil Disobedience" for a long time, especially when I found out that Mahatma Gandhi was influenced by it. However, after reading the opening: "That government is best which governs not at all;", I could not help wonder if Thoreau realized that he would probably no have been able to write this essay without government, which provides schools that teach reading and writing. But then I thou...more
Colombia will elect a new -or the same- president next week. This campaign has been one of the most embarrassingly dishonest we have seen in decades, and reading Thoreau's Civil Disobedience has strengthened my view of the wisdom of responsible individuality and libertarian communities.
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
I know m...more