The Maine Woods (Writings of Henry D. Thoreau)
Qui décrira la douceur indicible et la vie immortelle de cette austère forêt, où la Nature, même au coeur de l'hiver, est toujours à son printemps, où les arbres couverts de mousse et en état de décomposition ne sont pas vieux mais semblent dotés d'une jeunesse éternelle : et la Nature bienheureuse et innocente, tel un enfant serein, est trop contente pour faire du bruit,...more
Why did I read this book? - I read this book chiefly because of an upcoming trip to Maine (although not to ...more
However, I don't know how far to trust Thoreau. He seems to be the sort of person who exaggerates his own accomplishments and the faults of those around him. And I think he also intentionally exaggerates the wildness of th ...more
The Maine Woods features Abenaki language (I think--not Malasete-Pasamoquoddy) in its precision ...more
In 1848, 1853,and 1857, Henry David Thoreau travelled to the wilderness -- forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the northwest part of Maine. He wrote three lengthy essays describing each of his journeys, and they were gathered together, as Thoreau had wished, and published after his death, together with an appendix, as "The Maine Woods." It is a moving book, a classic work of American literature, and the founder of a genre of descriptive travel writing.
Thoreau spelled Katahdin "Ktaadn" because he is just so precious. Seriously, everything else is spelled the way it is ...more
He had a deep concern for the environment at a time when the country's natural resources seemed unlimit ...more
One aspect I enjoyed and found surprising was Thoreau's interactions and thoughts on the native ...more
I had forgotten what a sense of humor Thoreau had, and I found myself chuckling often and sometimes even laughing out loud. For instance, before starting out for "Ktaadn," they found Greenleaf's Map of Maine on the wall of a public house and, "in good faith, traced what we afterwards ascertained to be a labyrinth of errors."
Great tales of camping, ...more
Each essay about the separate excursions are very well written and quite detailed. Descriptions of how he was t ...more
That's not to say it's writte ...more
I’ve never had tea sweetened with molasses. Nor have I ever eaten moose horn. However, the oddest meal I came across in this book was as follows: “The Indians baked a loaf of flour bread in a s ...more
The next piece is a river trip, canoes, fishing, fires. here ...more
Conditions at a time when settlers hugged the seashore were obviously primitive although I wonder how much someone familiar with the area would recognize. The narrative is that of a report by a very observant explorer sens ...more
This edition was a little more difficult to read than others based on reviews for two reasons: not only did Thoreau edit this several times himself, splicing together his Maine works for several years before his death, but another editor did as well, making annotations and notations throughout the book. I may have to bre ...more
Travelling Maine the way it used to be: with a 200+ pound canoe, coffee, sugar, dried pork, four, a gun, a hatchet, matches and some fishing string..... no maps, no GPS, no tent, no sleeping bag, no change of clothes, no insect repellent, etc.
Thoreau and his companions would come upon a mountain and just climb it. They waded through lakes, poled upstream through rapids, portaged for miles... really, its pretty amazing.
Thoreau's books ...more