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Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
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Jan 23, 12

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Read from January 21 to 22, 2012

What are the prerequsites of a travel book when you're comfortably settled in your favorite chair? Possibly foremost is a vivid sensual account of what the location looks like, its smells, tastes, and how it feels to a visitor. How about the kinds of people who live there? Hardy types, perhaps, with weather marks on their skin, muscles that betray their livelihood, and eyes that reflect their trials.

If this is how you like to travel, then Thoreau's CAPE COD will transport you to the eighteen-fifties coastland with money and time to spare. For Thoreau and a companion walk the thirty miles of beach and inland trails, meet the islanders, hear the history of the clam producing, apple tree growing, and sailor inhabited land.

You are eyewitness to the remains of a shipwreck, observe the dead, and ponder their long journey from the Old World to be pounded to death on the rocks just one mile from their destination. You'll learn what makes a windmill work, and how, from their place of dominance, they are landmarks for the traveler walking the white sands of the beach.

With a spirit of curiosity, humor, and anticipation, Thoreau is the perfect companion to an idealic place that's as near as the written word and your imagination. Highly Recommended!
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