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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Oct 23, 10

bookshelves: 2007, 2010-rereads

Oh, Walden. Such a pretty, problematic book. He grumbles and preaches and is hypocritical and prejudiced, then he has these flashes of brilliance in the middle of a ten-page digression on beans. My favorite parts are the more melancholy and subdued vignettes, the parts where he is the least self-aware and most searching. So much of Walden reads like a riddle.

"I long ago lost a hound, a bay horse, and a turtle dove, and am still on their trail. Many are the travelers I have spoken concerning them, describing their tracks and what calls they answered to. I have met one or two who have heard the hound, and the tramp of the horse, and even seen the dove disappear behind a cloud, and they seemed as anxious to recover them as if they had lost them themselves."

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