Walden

Walden

Originally published in 1854, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature. This new paperback edition-introduced by noted American writer John Updike-celebrates the 150th anniversary of this classic work. Much Originally published in 1854, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived a...

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Title:Walden
Author:Henry David Thoreau
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Genres:Classics
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

  • Shahrzad
    Jan 23, 2018
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  • 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 ...
  • Jason Pettus
    Oct 06, 2010
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then wr...
  • 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...
  • Kelly ...
    Nov 02, 2017
    Meh. Drudgery. I forced myself to give this one a real shot and read 3/4 or more of it, but I just couldn't continue on. It was boring. Dull. Drudgery. I have never read anything else by Thoreau and this one left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It would take a lot of convincing for me...
  • 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
    Sep 26, 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...
  • هالةْ أمين
    Jan 09, 2014
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  • Vincent Chough
    Dec 26, 2011
    Thoreau's observations are incredibly relevant today. He was an environmentalist, but not because he was so worried about the planet -- but rather because it made sense to him. We just don't need so much stuff. It's a waste of our time, energy and spirit. He went to the woods to prove ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ritinha
    Jul 21, 2018
    Sem prejuzo de tudo de bom que se escreveu sobre Walden, a verdade que esperava uma leitura menos... Morosa ? (Calhou em jeito ter lido a Ilada no incio deste ano) ...
  • 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 ??? ...
  • Cheryl
    Apr 10, 2014
    Yes, Thoreau had such pointed and poignant rhetoric at twenty-seven years old: I 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...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Oct 02, 2018
    If I hadn't been reading this for class and skim reading it at 4 AM in a panic to find lines to talk about during class, this would definitely be five stars. But of all the classics I've read--especially essay collections that are usually dry--this one was actually immensely enjoyable!...
  • 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...
  • Darwin8u
    Mar 06, 2011
    I rarely read books twice, but I already feel the need to come sit by the shores of this book again and again. Expansive and infinitely quotable, Walden is one of those books that shakes not just the ground you are standing on, but seems to shake the Sun as well. Certainly there are pa...
  • Gabrielle Dubois
    Nov 20, 2017
    I just finished Walden. The first chapters filled me with enthousiasm, as you can read in the early reflections on this book that are already posted in my comments below. Then, I confess, the purely descriptive chapters about nature, from the middle of the book to the penultimate chap...
  • 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...
  • natalie
    Apr 04, 2015
    Oh, how I wish you could give books zero stars. I won't sugarcoat it - I hated this book. I hated hated hated hATED IT. Seriously, love yourself. Don't read this book. I would just end it there and make this short and sweet, but I figure I should actually include some substa...
  • Manu
    Oct 25, 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...
  • Michael Finkel
    Jan 17, 2017
    This is, plain and simply, an astonishing book. Not nearly as hard to read as I'd feared. And despite it being well more than 100 years old, its themes, and its language, seems strikingly relevant today. An American classic. You will not regret reading this. ...
  • Tayebe
    Dec 05, 2015
    The book was exactly what I expected it to be. The way Thoreau defined poverty and the way he justified his life in a little wooden house were phenomenal. The most interesting part was the Conclusion. when I finished the Conclusion part I was in shock! I just wanted to forsake living i...
  • 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...
  • Igrowastreesgrow
    Oct 12, 2016
    This book is not long at all but took me forever to get through. This may be a short book but was a long runoff of thoughts that I would have thought more appropriate for a private journal rather than a book for the public. It felt torturous at times to get through it. I would have ...
  • ||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...
  • Ayush
    Aug 03, 2017
    This book brought forth some memories of the time when I last visited my little hometown and there is one such incident that happened then which sums up this book nicely I had started my first day of the summer vacations with one of tastiest orange juice I had ever had. The sec...