Walden; or, Life in the Woods

Walden; or, Life in the WoodsI Went To The Woods Because I Wished To Live Deliberately, To Front Only The Essential Facts Of Life, And See If I Could Not Learn What It Had To Teach, And Not, When I Came To Die, Discover That I Had Not Lived Inspiring, Brilliantly Written, Cantankerous And Funny Walden Is Both A Very Specific Story About One Man S Attempt To Live The Simple Life In The Wilderness, And The Great, Founding Text Both For The Environmental Movement And The Entire Counter Culture.This Is A New Series Of Twenty Distinctive, Unforgettable Penguin Classics In A Beautiful New Design And Pocket Sized Format, With Coloured Jackets Echoing Penguin S Original Covers. The first half is written by Thoreau, the accomplished philosopher and soars much above my humble powers of comprehension the second half is written by Thoreau, the amateur naturalist and swims much below my capacity for interest After reading about the influence the book had on Gandhi, I had attempted reading Walden many roughly four times before and each time had to give up before the tenth page due to the onrush of new ideas that enveloped me I put away the book each time with lots of food for thought and always hoped to finish it one day Now after finally finishing the book, while I was elated and elevated by the book, I just wish that Thoreau had stuck to telling about the affairs of men and their degraded ways of living and about his alternate views Maybe even a detailed account of his days and how it affected him would have been fine but when he decided to write whole chapters about how to do bean cultivation and how to measure the depth of a pond with rudimentary methods and theorizing about the reason for the unusual depth of walden and about the habits of wild hens, sadly, I lost interest I trudged through the last chapters and managed to finish it out of a sense of obligation built up over years of awe about the book The concluding chapter, to an extent, rewarded me for my persistence and toil In this final chapter, he comes back to the real purpose of the book to drill home a simple idea I learned this, at least, by my
Or The Guy Who Liked to Go Outside and Do Stuff If Thoreau were alive today, I bet he d be one of those guys who won t shut up about how he doesn t even own a television Curiously, however, I don t think he d smell bad And he d find Radiohead neither overrated nor God s gift to modern music Just a
I will go against the grain of society here and say that this was not worth it There are a few gems of wisdom in here, maybe the Cliffs Notes or a HEAVILY abridged version would be tolerable Here s what I didn t like Thoreau went off to live by himself , when in actuality he was a mere 2 miles away from town and could hear the train whistle daily Not exactly out there roughing it He lived in a shack on land that a friend of his owned so he was basically a squatter Most of the food he ate he was given by townsfolk who were alternately intrigued by his way of living or felt sorry for him These are the same people he is judging for their way of life, yet he is dependent on them Also, and this may be just because I already strive for a simplified life, hardly a one of his truisms felt fresh or inspiring to me It was a book full of self importance and judgement on society, not a man I would want to have an afternoon chat with I und
Reading Walden was kind of like eating bran flakes You know it s good for you, and to some degree you enjoy the wholesomeness of it, but it s not always particularly exciting The parts of this book that I loved the philosophy, which always held my interest even though I sometimes didn t agree with Thoreau , I really loved, and the parts that I hated the ten pages where he waxes poetic about his bean fields, for instance , I really hated I also got the impression that Thoreau was the kind of guy I could never be friends with In Into the Wild which I read at the same time during intervals when Walden became too much to bear , Jon Krakauer describes Thoreau as staid and prissy I agree, and I d also add holier than thou At many points in the book, his attitude seems to be, If you re not living your life exactly like me, then you re just stupid Which aggravated me because, while I can see the merit of his way of life, I
The never quite understood philosophy of a man who swam against the current of mainstream beliefs Sorry I borrowed these words from comments about another review, a good friend, not stealing though, these are my own scribbles, repeating the impressions here Henry David Thoreau a native of Concord, Massachusetts, a pencil maker, the family business which financed his expensive Harvard education and published the at first neglected books A disciple of Ralph Waldo Emerson and at his urging in 1845, built a log cabin that he lived in for two years on the shore of Walden Pond it was his friend s land Thoreau first day the 4th of July a good omen, future generations will be greatly influenced by his writings The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation , Perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer , All good things are wild, and free The beauty of the lake, its peacefulness, the surrounding forest, plants, animals, birds in the sky , fish in the water all contribute to the enchanting
Poetic prose or prosaic poetry Either way a beautiful work It has the social commentary of a husbandry lesson and the spiritual depth of a prayer It s also apparently timeless Thoreau s ideas about simplicity and spiritu
When Henry Thoreau went to Walden Pond in 1845, I wonder what he really thought he was doing there I wonder if he had second thoughts about the whole idea although when he began it was July, and July is a good month to be outdoors, whatever the weather The man, and what he did and how he lived and what he lived for have always been a source of inspiration to me, and to many others Walden is much than one man s account of the years he spent in the woods communing with nature it is a statement of defiance Thoreau was educated at Harvard, and spent some time as a teacher where he despaired of the idea of classroom learning He had a great respect for the Native Americans, admiring their hardiness and skill He couldn t understand why people thought of them as inferior To him, they were wise and strong and in tune with reality than the farmer with his insulated life He loved wisdom, and spoke of an enlightened society based on compassion and simplicity He did not align himself explicitly with any religious viewhe was a
I ve read Walden many times now since that first time in high school I will always love this book, and it reveals itself anew with each reading When I first encountered Thoreau in high school, his words rang in my soul like a prophet s manifesto I admired what seemed to be his unique courage and absolute integrity He inspired me to want to live deliberately, but I knew that a solitary life in a cabin was beyond my abilities His will seemed so much resolute than anything I could ever be capable of.That was a couple of decades ago What struck on this latest recent reading is just how much this is a young man s book The voice is that of an idealist, a passionate and lonely misfit who longs for a better way to live and for authentic relationships with others as well as with himself I know now that Thoreau lived like an energetic slacker than a true renunciate He was too principled to work as a schoolmaster he refused to beat his charges , and there wasn t much he cared to do apart from re
I love Thoreau s ideals Taking care of nature is of paramount importance, especially these days as technology flings us farther and faster into the future than we ve ever gone before I also love Walden because I grew up near the pond and would pass it on my way into Boston back in the days when I was a young English major in college Back then I looked upon this book and its ethos as a rallying banner for people who gave a shit about Mother Earth.Given a bit of reflection after a recent reread, I feel like there s a hitch in Thoreau s practical theory I mean, he went out there and survived in a cabin in the woods for a couple years and then wrote a book saying that everyone is capable of doing the same, and he got a little uppity about the people who did not However, with no one else to care for but himself, Thoreau s wilderness trials weren t the same as what they d be if you had to do this your whole life with no reprieve and a family in tow Plus, even though it was a rougher
Woefully overwritten to the point where most modern readers who might be moved by Thoreau s transcendentalism will be put off by the prose alone If that doesn t get them, his elitist attitude probably will Thoreau took Ralph Waldo Emerson s ideals of choosing for yourself and added, but you re an idiot if you don t choose mine Too many of his asides are condescending views of society or normal people, evidencing that Thoreau was stuck on other people even if he claimed to be independent or above them Every few years I ll fool myself into thinking this book isn t as bad as I remember, but even last month when I helped a girl with her paper on it, I was reminded that it truly is a dreadful love affair between a writer and his own thoughts For a cleare

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Walden; or, Life in the Woods
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • English
  • 17 February 2017
  • 9780241261859