Walden, Or, Life in the Woods

Walden, Or, Life in the Woods

Book - 1995
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Interwoven with accounts of Thoreau's daily life (he did not live as a recluse but received visitors and almost daily walked into Concord) are meditations on human existence, society, government and other topics, expressed with clear-headed wisdom and remarkable beauty of style.
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1995
Copyright Date: ©1854
ISBN: 9780486284958
0486284956
Branch Call Number: 818.303 T391WA 1995
Characteristics: v, 216 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Life in the woods

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TacomaLibrary Nov 29, 2016

A reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and (to some degree) manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau's experiences over the course of... Read More »


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LeVena
Mar 03, 2019

Available in UNC but not in public library.

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gregdryke
Dec 27, 2018

Austin Klein recommendation

VaughanPLSarahN Feb 07, 2017

Walden was not what I expected. I was looking for the story of a man who had decided to live outside society for two years. Instead, I found an essay about how economical and practical it is to do as he did.
I think I would have liked the book better if it was about Thoreau's reflective journey to the conclusions he reached rather than about how clever he finds himself to be and how he'd been right all along.

Cynthia_N Aug 31, 2016

The first half of this book was not pleasant to read. Thoreau was sharing his opinions on the ways other people live their lives and honestly at times I disliked the author. The book did take a turn for the better about halfway through when he started talking about living in the woods. I did end up really enjoying the book.

PoMoLibrary Jul 21, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Dave: It's political but also transports you into nature. It allows you to participate in living off the grid in a time when we are always plugged in. Living in BC, many of us live in a location minutes away from our own "Walden Pond", but we never take the time to enjoy it. This book helps us remember.

deleuzerimbaud Oct 13, 2013

Excellent. I own it but have not rushed to finish it due to other reading obligations, however it is the totem of reflection, with richer detail than most contemporary fiction.

purplebetter1 Jun 26, 2012

Started it in the winter and finished in the summer, so I am counting it.

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monaraven
May 27, 2011

Incredible annotations. Makes it twice as long, but really adds a richer understanding and dimension to the text. It's also nice that the annotations are on the same page, so you don't have to flip to the back of the book if you want to read them.

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