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A Yankee in Canada with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers

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CONTENTS A Yankee in Canada Concord to Montreal Quebec and Montmorenci St. Anne The Walls of Quebec The Scenery of Quebec; and the River St. Lawrence Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers Slavery in Massachusetts Prayers Civil Disobedience A Plea for Captain John Brown Paradise (to be) Regained Herald of Freedom Thomas Carlyle and His Works Life without Principle Wendell Phillips ...more
paper, 292 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by University Press of the Pacific (first published 1866)
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Betsy
I thoroughly enjoyed Thoreau's enjoyment of the French language as he travels through Quebec. "The names of the mountains, and streams, and villages reel, if I may so speak, with the intoxication of poetry; -- Chambly, Longueil, Pointe aux Trembles, Bartholomy...I could not at once bring myself to believe that the inhabitants who pronounced daily those beautiful and, to me, significant names, lead as prosaic lives as we of New England."
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Jun 24, 2013 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. No riveting, but enjoyable. The story of Henry David Thoreau visit to Quebec in approx. 1850. He makes many observations of architecture, scenery, vegetation and people as he travels from Montreal to Quebec City to the Ottawa area (and several places in between).
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Jul 08, 2015 Chris Eagle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short. Witty. Insightful.
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Jun 25, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although this is not one of Thoreau's more famous books it is delightful in its own right. It's good for anyone who wants a wonderful description of Quebec in the mid-1800s.
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Jun 18, 2016 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book during a week I spent in Maine. All I had with me was the book and a map to follow him on his journey. It was all I wanted. It was all I needed. It was enough.
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Nov 07, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved seeing my friend HDT in my beloved Quebec country, but was a bit disappointed by his attitude.
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Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau) was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

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