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Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau
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Dec 18, 2009

it was ok

While I understand that Walden was revolutionary for its time, I'm tired of hearing that it's difficult prose style "is like that on purpose." English professors everywhere are trying to convince their students that this book is an absolute necessity , but in fact it is a difficult read for some cut rate philosophy.

Not to mention the fact that Thoreau was never really living in poverty, was never REALLY in the wilderness (he walked to town almost every day), and Thoreau constantly bashes those who are charitable when he himself so many times in the book relies on the charity of others (borrowing the axe, living on Emerson's land, etc.)

Sorry hippies, I just don't think it's worth the read.

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