Walden

Walden

By virtue of its casual, off-handedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau's account of his two year adventure in self-reliance amidst woodland in a cabin he built near Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts is one of the signposts by which the modern mind has located itself in an increasingly bewildering world. The work is part personal de By virtue of its casual, off-handedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau's account...

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Title:Walden
Author:Henry David Thoreau
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Walden; or Life in the Woods
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Walden Reviews

  • Clare
    Jul 26, 2007
    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 di...
  • Jeremy
    Jun 13, 2007
    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 ...
  • John Wiswell
    Mar 01, 2009
    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 a...
  • Diane
    Apr 11, 2017
    What a beautiful meditation on nature and simple living! It's been about 25 years since I picked up Thoreau, and paging through Walden this time I realized I had never read the entire book before. Instead, I had only read excerpts that were included in a literature anthology. While ...
  • booklady
    Jun 18, 2013
    Walden has really slowed me down. I love how Thoreau makes me see things. It takes time to see, to hear, and to use the senses properly. Usually, I?m in too much of a hurry to really look, listen, smell and savor. When I able to now, I?m looking at the little things around me and t...
  • Janet
    Oct 05, 2007
    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 u...
  • Mister Jones
    Mar 07, 2008
    The very first time I read Walden my immediate response was to begin torching its pages one by one and sacrificing each page as literary cow paddies written by a pompous celibate pretentious boob who masqueraded as self-appointed demigogue for the collective conscience of the gods; and...
  • Jim
    Aug 27, 2008
    His whole 'back to nature' & simplistic look at life do have their appeal. I don't subscribe to transcendentalism, but did find his musings broken up by the seasons to be interesting. Like most philosophers, his view on life tends to ignore minor details (like reality) that don't f...
  • Beth
    Jul 23, 2008
    Oh my gosh, I don't need to mention the good things I've learned reading Thoreau, but I MUST say that every passionate Thoreau fan I ever met in college was a COMPLETE DOUCHEBAG in a very eco-friendly, pseudo-hipster, sweetly male-centric way. Ugh one time when I was a sophomore I had ...
  • Amanda
    Jan 02, 2009
    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 more tolerable. Here's what I didn't like: Thoreau went off to "live by himself", when in actuality he w...
  • Chris Bradshaw
    Jun 01, 2008
    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...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jul 14, 2011
    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 o...
  • Jason Koivu
    Apr 28, 2009
    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 i...
  • Alex
    Aug 03, 2014
    A puritan may go to his brown-bread crust with as gross an appetite as ever an alderman to his turtle. Not that food which entereth into the mouth defileth a man, but the appetite with which it is eaten. It is neither the quality nor the quantity, but the devotion to sensual savors.Tho...
  • Karen
    Oct 04, 2010
    Oh dear god, this man is both boring and infuriating (is that even possible?). Perhaps he should have heeded his own advice, to "suck out all the marrow of" his book and "reduce it to its lowest terms." But no, he instead drags on and on about the most inane details, throwing in obscur...
  • Scarlet
    Jan 24, 2015
    This was my first attempt at philosophy, and although there are lots of great ideas and some beautifully phrased passages here, the meandering structure of it impeded my enjoyment. I guess philosophical essays are not quite my thing. I'm still glad I read it though - my boyfriend lov...
  • Emily May
    Aug 19, 2012
    If you find yourself having difficulty sleeping, this book is a fantastic cure for insomnia. Just writing a review about it makes me want to lie my head down and close my eyes. That being said, I suppose Thoreau's pretentious, self-righteous douchebaggery was extremely revolutionary...
  • Bob
    Oct 09, 2017
    This book was a struggle to read. Like a chick struggling to hatch and be free of his confining egg, I struggled to get to the end of this book, it was a miserable experience. This book is as useless to me as the chick's empty shell is to him. Thankfully this reading struggle for me is...
  • Lyn
    Jul 17, 2011
    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 spiritual cleanliness are as relevant today as they were in t...
  • James
    Mar 11, 2017
    Book Review Walden, an American classic...few of us have likely read all 350+ pages, unless you were an English major. For most, perhaps 10-15 pages in high school or a college literature course introduced you to Thoreau and Walden. Famed philosopher and thinker, it's a book that ...
  • Amanda
    Jan 13, 2017
    I had high hopes for this book written by a self-imposed hermit living in the woods. However, this is actually just the thoughts of an ignorantly privileged dude who thinks there's only one correct way to live your life and won't shut up about it. Whilst Thoreau had many ideas that hor...
  • Roula
    Nov 27, 2017
    3.5 ??????? #transcendentalism ??? ...
  • Mamdouh Abdullah
    Dec 14, 2013
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  • Rosie Nguyễn
    May 09, 2017
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  • Phạm Ngọc Hà
    May 29, 2016
    Vo r?ng trong hai n?m hai thng hai ngy, Thoreau c m?t kho?ng cch thu?n l?i ?? chim nghi?m cu?c s?ng tr??c ?y - ci m h?u h?t m?i ng??i ?ang s?ng, k? c? t?i t?n by gi?. T? ? ng c nhi?u bn lu?n ph? nh?n g...
  • Luís C.
    Aug 30, 2014
    Thoreau makes us an apology for a healthy life away from the bustle of cities and constraints of modern society and castrating. Life as it should savor with nothing and everything around us and beyond us when we want others through profit prohibit enjoyment. Unlike many philosophers u...
  • Manuel
    Dec 30, 2016
    Walden puede ser sintetizado como la bsqueda del hombre de su "yo verdadero". Thoreau parte de la premisa (como tantos) de que en nosotros anida algo esencial, una vida esencial que espera ser vivida. La respuesta al cmo, cmo esa vida debe ser vivida, Thoreau la encuentra...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 11, 2016
    This utopian text by Thoreau is absolutely beautiful and something to read when you are in those sloughs of life. It will pick you up and transport you as if you, as I have done, were standing on the edge of Walden Pond (near Concord, Mass) and observing its beautiful circular shape be...
  • Amor Towles
    Oct 24, 2016
    FIVE EXPANSIVE BOOKS SET IN CLOSE QUARTERS (#4) This summer, the Wall Street Journal asked me to pick five books I admired that were somehow reminiscent of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. To that end, I wrote on five works in which the action is confined to a small space, but in which the re...
  • ||Swaroop||
    Feb 18, 2017
    First Published: August 9, 1854 Thoreau's Walden is a masterpiece and timeless... a mandatory read in today's world.. A voyage of self-discovery and manual for self-reliance. I don't even know how to describe, but there is that peace and calmth in Thoreau's words. It is so i...