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Thoreau: A Sublime Life

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  45 reviews
“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.” This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published May 13th 2016 by NBM Publishing (first published August 31st 2012)
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David Schaafsma
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoreau: A Sublime Life is a short, evocative comics biography by French team, writer Maximilien Roy and A. Dan (Daniel Alexandre). It’s not a mere chronological biography—it’s too short for that—but even it were twice the length they wouldn't have been interested in that. What they want to do is create a comics portrait of Thoreau through images and ideas, snapshots more than film, poetic images more than an in-depth philosophical biography. It’s their image of Thoreau.

I know Thoreau’s work, o
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Santiago L. Moreno
Quien busque profundizar en la figura de Thoreau se equivoca de obra, pero quien quiera tener un primer encuentro con este naturalista y filósofo del s. XIX y con su mensaje, va a disfrutar de un cómic interesante. En él encontrará un sucinto resumen, desarrollado en bellos dibujos, de la vida adulta de Thoreau.
Los dos órdenes que hicieron notable al filósofo norteamericano están aquí representados, tanto su ideología política como su elogio de una vida retirada, de retorno a la naturaleza. Su
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BookTomas Gustafsson
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this short graphic novel biography of Henry David Thoreau. It made me curious and now I want to know more about him. The artwork is great, and it's quite poetic; although perhaps it looks at Thoreau as too much of a saint...
Lauren
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
So much more than Walden...

The subtitle A Sublime Life is an apt choice here, as the book veers into hagiography on several occasions. I did appreciate the deeper context and the glimpses into other parts of Thoreau's life: his dissidence and short incarceration for not paying taxes (The money goes to slavery and wars with Mexico - why would I pay for that? he asks the police chief), his meetings with abolitionists and ties to John Brown, and more about his transcendentalist personal philosophie
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Fernando Jimenez
Flojita ilustración de la vida de Thoreau que intenta condensar su obra en algunos momentos ejemplares, nunca mejor dicho. El cómic no debería requerir la entrevista final al profesor Michel Granger, que explica muchas claves del pensamiento de Thoreau, aunque realmente es lo más interesante del libro.
Mind the Book
En oktoberdag för två år sedan pilgrimsvandrade jag från Concord till Walden Pond. Kan fortfarande inte verbalisera hur fantastiskt det var. Sublimt, kanske är ordet.

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Pers Aftonbladet-text om Walden-männen fick mig att ta fram den här ur TBR:en. Uppskattar de illustrerade glimtarna ur Thoreaus liv, men vem är egentligen målgruppen? Får högstadievibbar, men för läsaren utan förkunskaper är det alltför fragmentariskt. En sak jag blir positivt överraskad och l
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Edward Sullivan
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A completely admiring graphic biography of Henry David Thoreau. Interesting visual interpretations of episodes from Thoreau's life and depictions of him as a naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and dissident. The author does a good job incorporating Thoreau's own words into the text.
Samantha Penrose
Good, though rather sparse.
Kendra
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I know I don't like Thoreau, but I just really like art, you guys.
吉尔梅
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Laughing Man
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not think we shared much of anything with him other than abolition of slavery. His orientalism, his constant appraisal of primitive lifestyle defined by him as "sublime" and all the mysticism he loved, I do not support them at any level. I am a transhumanist, technophile, I can never bear to listen to the irrational rants of the anarcho-primitivists.
Dmitrii
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Beautiful artwork, solid print quality. Not being familiar with details of Thoreau's life, I learned a good amount from the comic and the essay that followed. As you can imagine, compressing 16 years of life into 76 pages of a graphic novel results in a rushed and disjointed narrative, which makes generous assumptions about reader's knowledge of the background. (Those not knowledgeable may find themselves frustrated by the lack of context.)
Joshua
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A quick bio of Thoreau's life. Its wonderfully illustrated, but it feels quite sparse on info. It seems that a certain level of knowledge is assumed going in to this one that I sadly did not have. I learned more from the post script than I did from the main body of work. A solid read, but it left me wanting more detail.
Emily
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kathy  Olivos
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buena novela gráfica, pero disfruté mucho más la entrevista al profesor experto que aparece al final del libro. Tremendo personaje Thoreau.
Wendy
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice, quick read for what it was: an illustrated glimpse into the life of Thoreau.
Krystal
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Made me want to take a walk in the woods. :)
Alba
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Massa curt per saber-ho tot sobre la seva vida. Però sí ens porta al Thoreau "més real" i ajuda a desmitificar el personatge, fins i tot als que fa anys que el llegim, que "Amèrica" ens ha volgut vendre, per desactivar-lo d'alguna forma. No és el mite de la no-violència ni tan civil ni tan anarquista (sí, llibertari, sí en pro de la resistència, sí advocat de la vida simple i de l'efecte que la natura té en nosaltres, i d'alguns perills de la modernitat). Cop fort a la societat d'aquella època i ...more
Burt
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-stories
Thoreau: A Sublime Life, Dan and LeRoy, nbm Graphic Novels, 4. I think I have an unbroken record of never finishing a single book I was supposed to read in high school. I was OK with C's on book reports. Hey, I was 17! I got a job as an elevator operator in a hospital one summer and, after visiting hours, when things calmed down, I had about four hours per night. The books I read that summer were Moby Dick (unabridged), War and Peace (unabridged), and Thoreau's Walden and Essay on Civil Disobedi ...more
Asier
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Thoreu (Concord, Masachusets, 1817). Idazle, filosofo eta naturalista. Antiesklabista ezaguna, desobedientzia zibilaren eta kontzientzia objezioaren aita. Neurri batean, baita ekologismoaren oinarriak ezarri zituztenetako bat ere. Gizakiak naturarekin harreman zuzenean bizi behar duela aldarrikatzen zuen, kontsumismotik eta kapitalismotik ihes eginez. Komiki honetan bere biografiaren printza batzuk jasoko ditugu, eta bere bizitzako ibilera horiei esker, pentsalari honen ikuspuntu bitala ho ...more
Jimina Sabadú
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios
Cuando era pequeña tenía por casa varias biografías de santos en comic. Entre ellas, la de la vida de Saulo de Tarso, que narraba su conversión. Era un tebeo sencillo de inspiración franco belga (eso pienso ahora sin tenerlo delante) que te acercaba a las grandes historias de la Biblia.
Pues este comic es así, pero con Thoreau. Para un adulto o para alguien que esté muy familiarizado con el personaje se puede quedar corto, pero para un primer acercamiento es didáctico y entretenido.
Más allá de
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YingYu  Chen
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-book-a-day
I have read many books about Thoreau for younger readers, and this is by far the best if I should only pick one.

In addition to the delivery of graphic, the coloring transcends the atmosphere and the words are precisely what I am looking for— not the 19th century imitation, not the exact wording from Thoreau, and of course not cute and floppy as if the readers are imbeciles.

With the afterwords and supplementary pictures, this could be a classic if one would like to read about Thoreau and his ide
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Alex
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-comics
Μεγάλο μέγεθος, έγχρωμο στις 100 σελίδες, με απαλό σχέδιο και σχετικά λίγο κείμενο που βοηθά να ξεδιπλωθεί καλύτερα ο χαρακτήρας της προσωπικότητας που διαπραγματεύεται, όσο αυτό βέβαια είναι εφικτό μέσα από μόλις 80 σελίδες κόμικ. Παρόλο που τεχνικά και θεματικά ανήκει στην κατηγορία BD βιογραφιών, κυλά πολύ ομαλά και γρήγορα, δίνοντας σου τόση πληροφορία ώστε να ψαχτείς να μάθεις παραπάνω. Ούτε σε αφήνει στεγνό, ούτε σε μπουκώνει με πολιτικολογία, αφού εστιάζει στον φυσιοδίφη Θορώ πρώτα απ'όλα ...more
Hannah
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-class, favorites
This is a really phenomenal book. At first glance, from the binding it seemed like perhaps a younger child's read. However, after reading, I believe it could be read into early middle school. It's gorgeously illustrated, covers deep and thoughtful themes, and it's a biography that's conveyed in a new and interesting way! Excellent.
Nicky
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful and smart book, and I am considering using it for my Writing Nature course. It’s a good narrative starting point for thinking about Thoreau and his life, and I was surprised that it also had some supplemental material in the back (not to say that I agree with everything they say in it, but it’s a start).
S
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a Thoreau comic "Cliffnotes." It was just enough information in the comic to get a general idea of Thoreau, without ever really going into any depth. The Forward and Epilogue helped add substance, and the illustrations were good. I almost want to read Walden now. 3*
Abe Something
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to be or to do good?
What is the role of a citizen who disagrees with the state?
Can we each follow the path that best suits us and find liberation?
Can we separate enterprise and earnings from living a fulfilling life?
Mark H
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brief look at the world of Henry David Thoreau. The graphic presentation is simply masterful. The six page afterword by a noted Thoreau "expert" is worth your while by itself. It helps to shed light on what you have just read.
Tara Schaafsma
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Very beautiful book.
Anne
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Short visual bio of Thoreau.
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