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Walking: A Journal: A Journal

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Thoreau's famous essay is the source of inspiration for the pages of this journal, with plenty of open space to record your inner journey as you walk or rest.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Applewood Books (first published 1862)
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Debbie Zapata
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.

Moreover, you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking.

Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape
Como nunca tinha lido Thoreau e tinha este PDF à mão - que até é uma coisita pequena - decidi experimentar este autor de quem há muito ouvia falar. O que não estava à espera é que fosse, literalmente, um livro sobre caminhadas. Daí não viria nenhum mal; já há alguns anos que sou adepta de caminhadas, quer em grupo, quer comigo própria. São a minha terapia e concordo com tudo o que aqui foi dito a propósito. Depois, o autor alonga-se numa exaustiva reflexão sobre o modo de vida das sociedades mod ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I picked this little book up the other day with reason. Recently I read Gros' A Philosophy of Walking which associated walking with creative thinking and returning to nature. Living in the outskirts of Dallas I figured I should give it a try. I usually travel by bicycle, but recently had my doubts about of its value over my life and limb. Last month a car, which was behind me, ran a stop sign and ran over the rear end of my bike, with me on it. A few weeks later an angry driver ran a stop sign, ...more
Riku Sayuj
Dec 29, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could jogging count, perchance? I promise to keep my head facing west by south-west as I run in my daily circles...
Jul 29, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, nonfiction, nature
This essay by Henry David Thoreau is about the author's joy in living in nature and in the present. Walking is a short read and nicely encapsulates many of Thoreau's themes from Walden Pond and his other works.
Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it more and more tame and cheap. A people who would begin by burning the fences and let the forest stand! I saw th
J Dride
Jul 02, 2008 J Dride rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them -- as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon -- I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago."

I usually read from this at least a few times a month. One of my all time favorite Thoreau pieces. His wit and critiques are spot on; as per usual with Thoreau
Jane Reye
May 17, 2014 Jane Reye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was surprised to find Thoreau's attitude somewhat... extremist (from what I had gathered about the author, I was already expecting, at least, a great deal of zeal). Thoreau's passion for walking and the natural world are evident throughout, possibly a revision of the wording at certain points in the essay could have avoided or limited the superior and judgemental vibe I sensed, particularly in the first half of the book (this was quite unfortunate as Thoreau made many valid points).

I had plan
Jul 30, 2015 Nicola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
7 in 7 readathon book #4. A big meh. Starts well, then he goes off on one about civilisation and society. Doesn't really stick to the topic of walking at all. Too bad.
Jan 18, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was interesting....I'm still thinking about it. Henry David Thoreau put such thought and care into this. He made the time to write about "walking" which was a beloved past time of his. Granted this was back in the mid 1800's where traveling (of any kind) was either a luxury or a necessity, let alone having spare time to do it. When I look at the lives of my ancestors in the mid-west during that time, it was a hard life. After a day in the fields, I think the last thing they wanted was to go ...more
May 03, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second reading of "Walking" and, this time, I chose to read it in nature. That really made all the difference. I found myself hating it this last fall when I read it in the confines of my tiny little room. Surrounding myself in nature and allowing myself to annotate in the margins made me feel like Thoreau and I were on our own walk, having a conversation. Just like any long conversation there were moments I began to zone out and think about other things but overall it is a wonderful ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoreau, filosofo statunitense, scrive poco prima di morire nel 1862 “Camminare”, una raccolta di pensieri elaborati e scritti durante le sue lunghe escursioni solitarie nella natura selvaggia.

Nel piccolo libro cerca di trasmettere al lettore il desiderio di immergersi nella foresta e nella Natura per allontanarsi dalla vita di società, da tutto ciò che sia stato contaminato dall’uomo, dalla fretta, dai ritmi frenetici, anche a costo di disubbidire alle norme e alle costrizioni della società ste
May 18, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
Recommended to Laura by: Cheryl Kennedy
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Opening lines:
wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that.


Page 2:
Vorrei spendere una parola in favore della Natura, dell'assoluta libertà e dello stato selvaggio, contrapposti a una libertà e a una cultura puramente civili
Il breve saggio di Thoreau è imperniato su un tema semplicissimo: il cammino come catarsi. L'uomo, afferma l'autore, ha dimenticato di essere originariamente un vagabondo e si è rinchiuso in luoghi non inclini alla sua vera natura.
Tuttavia, basta allontanarsi e lasciare alle proprie spalle i luoghi antropizzati per sentirsi veri.
La casa, la
Oh, Thoreau- sometimes I wish a man of this time period could live exclusively by your ideals. I shouldn't generalize, I am sure there are men that do.... I mean me. I wish I could. Anyways, this little gem is a great essay on the topic of walking. The premise is that walking is good for the body, mind and soul. I do not believe many people would refute this, but Thoreau is eloquent and assertive on the subject and I believe makes a great case for this great alternative to anything else one does ...more
Rachel Wagner
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PIECE BY THOREAU! Wow, it just really spoke to me. The opening line, "I wish to speak a word for Nature." Wow. It had me captivated from the first line. I really love this message of looking around at the beauty around you and appreciating all of the "real-life," that surrounds us. It pays omage to "stop and smell the roses," I just love it so much!

Alrededor de la mitad se pone bueno, cuando se olvida que estaba hablando de las virtudes del caminar y empieza a bardear mal a la civilización occidental, la literatura inglesa, y a todo aquello que no entre en lo que Thoreau considera bueno y bello: la Naturaleza y lo Salvaje.
Douglas Cootey
Jun 30, 2013 Douglas Cootey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Douglas by: Twitter
Shelves: ebook, non-fiction
One day Henry David Thoreau started following me on Twitter and I thought to myself that I had never read any of his works. I realize Thoreau is not auto-tweeting from beyond, but I enjoyed enough of his namesake's abbreviated tweets to pique my curiosity to read the original less abbreviated works.

I've been to Concord, Massachusetts. It's lovely country, even still. There I saw Louis May Alcott's home where she wrote Little Women, and I believe I've been to Walden Pond. None of it had any appe
John Martindale
Sep 30, 2012 John Martindale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I loved Thoreau's use of language and how his words smoothly flowed forth, carrying me like a stream to the end of this little book. Thoreau definitely made me look forward to moving to New Hampshire where I will be surrounded by endless miles of the wild and will have the opportunity to saunter for hours in the forest.

Nature is one of those things, that like Shakespeare I know I should appreciate more then I in fact do. Don't get me wrong, i love nature and I do stop and smell the roses to use
Jun 24, 2012 Marios rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a one day Walden reading marathon(a full day of Thoreau-ian seclusion in the house!), I can say Walking was a disappointment. I could not find equally lyrical descriptions of nature, I could not feel the "joys and necessities of long afternoon walks". I was not moved...

Reading Walden and you imagine being alone in that forest next to the lake, you imagine walking and seeing the plants, you hear the sound of birds, you learn to distinguish the species of fish visible through the clear water
I was terribly disappointed in this book, primarily because it just didn't flow or hold together. I have known Thoreau primarily from quotations, and indeed, the lyrical or descriptive beauty of random excerpts from this book were its only redeeming elements.


"For every walk is a sort of crusade..."

"When a traveler asked Wordsworth's servant to show him her master's study, she answered, 'Here is his library, but his study is out of doors.'"

"There is something in the mountain air that fe
Jan 19, 2013 Mmars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was just a little too unfocused. At sixty pages it is a long essay, something that, to be successful, should be tightly focused. On the flip side, it IS about walking - not to anywhere in particular, not at a purposeful pace - but as in wandering, meandering. As in partaking of an existential experience. And, what does Thoreau's mind do? It wanders, it meanders, it ruminates and produces profound thoughts. If you like quotes, there's many to be found here.

Feb 25, 2015 Jeannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-goal-25
The elevated language will make you smarter. The sentiments will make you richer.
Apr 28, 2013 Nicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

"In short, all good things are wild and free."
Timothy Sikes
Nov 09, 2012 Timothy Sikes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The influence of European Romanticism on American Transcendentalism is difficult to overstate. The influence is so strong scholars often call American Transcendentalism “American Romanticism.” During this time, a central issue of American literature was its identity as a distinct, national American literature. Throughout “Walking,” Thoreau draws heavily on the influence of European Romanticism while balancing and arguing for the distinctiveness of an American literature.
Throughout “Walking,” Tho
Mar 02, 2009 Adeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry David Thoreau, in his essay “Walking”, demonstrates both a deep connection to the natural world as well as an obvious notion about his own superiority in appreciating it. This pretension does not diminish his likability as a narrator, but it does call into question some of his romanticized notions of simple and rugged lifestyles. Thoreau's ruminations on the value and power of walking to distinguish true appreciators of nature from common travelers are tinged with a sense of nobility which ...more
The finding of Judith Shakespeare
«Creo que no podría mantener la salud ni el ánimo sin dedicar al menos cuatro horas diarias, y habitualmente más, a deambular por bosques, colinas y praderas, libre por completo de toda atadura mundana [...] Cuando recuerdo a veces que los artesanos y los comerciantes se quedan en sus establecimientos [...] sin moverse, tantos de ellos, con las piernas cruzadas, como si las piernas se hubieran hecho para sentarse y no para estar de pie o caminar, pienso que son dignos de admiración por no habers ...more

A eulogy to the wilderness and the wild man with the usual opinionated, sometimes contradictory lamentation for the shallowness and leanness of modern society en route. I must say I tend to empathise with half of what he says and that in a different country 200 years later!;

A quote or 2 to surmise;

The weapons with which we have gained our most important victories, which should be handed down from father to son, are not the sword and the lance but the bush-whacker, the turf-cutter, the spade and
Philippe Billé
Balades, d’Henry D Thoreau (La Table Ronde, 1995, 101 p, d’après Walking). Ce charmant petit volume est un peu alourdi par l’idéologie pro-nature et anti-civilisation, mais Thoreau sait distribuer çà et là les paroles qui retiennent. J’ai aimé sa conception de la marche (p 16-17) : pour lui la promenade, l’errance dans la campagne est une activité à part entière, pas un simple exercice d’hygiène. Et au contraire de ce que professent beaucoup de sportifs d’aujourd’hui, il n’a pas pour but de se v ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Pinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-16
This guy had it so right. With all of our fitbitting and phones and even my habit of listening to music while out walking my dog - just stop the world a little bit. Be mindful of your body and the process of walking. Head to the west (metaphorically - for me this is rocks and mountains, hiking, woods and walking). Add to visit list: Walden Pond. After visiting the Alcott Residence, of course. Concord rules!
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