In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year.
From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau’s essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King.
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Excellent book excellently read. Thoreau is a poet in every sense of the word. Every line heard of these books is music to my ears. He is a profound thinker and an astute observer on a plethora of subjects. A genius. Simply brilliant and very well read.
Rachel E. Watkins
The narration conveyed the story very well without being monotone or overly dramatic, and so I think was excellent, because such a great work must be conveyed without the narrator adding to or subtracting from the work.
I want to find my own place in the wilderness now, and plant beans and subsist on rice.
Over a century and a half and this is still as relevant, possibly more so, as the day it was published. with the exception that the great classics are available in English today without having to learn Greek to read The Iliad. Include this in your collection, you won't be sorry. I've listened to this many times now, and will likely never tire of it.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I listened to this because a recent speaker quoted from it. I found it as fresh and relevant to daily life and humanity as when it was written. If you have no patience for the ritual of the world and want to get to the heart of the matter, this book delivers now and well into the future. It is timeless and amazing both. You will find it worthwhile.
YES....I don't think I would have read it myself
I consider it brilliant..his prose; his vivid descriptions; his philosophy of life.
It delighted me.
Iwent to my Atlas & found Walden Lake...& thent on-line to look up Thoreau, I was so intrigued...... delighted I chose it... Thank you, Audible!
Should have listened to this 7 years ago before university. Most of the conclusions iv drawn have been the same about society but in our age if one is not apart of society they need to be fairly wealthy in order to live independently. I imagine small island life is the closest thing to this book and it feels like a serine vacation while I ignore strangers on the subway.
I may try just because it is HDT and reading him is supposed to change your life and make you cultured.
I expected to see him record his trials and how he grew and overcame them, as moving into the woods to live so simply would definitely warrant deep reflection and figuring some big things out. However his uppitiness and horribly cynical outlook on life resonated with me, but also gave me the impression that, maybe he meant to spend time away from civilization to have a break from them... but I wonder how many who knew his outlook and attitude didn't miss him. Times were definitely tough back then, but as a universal bit of reading that should offer something relevent to any generation, this just encouraged looking down on others as puny ants more flawed and pathetic than Thoreau, despite his own confessed flaws... that perspective isn't constructive to the survival of mankind anymore than any of the valid complaints he had of others.
This guy... was very pronounced and careful with his articulation, but he so carefully pronounced even common words so strangely, it was distracting.
It would be one of those Oscar Nominations everyone raves about and anticipates for a long time, then when you finally see it, you feel depressed and hopeless.
I know the Author deserves a lot of respect as an American Philosopher, and he definitely makes you think and evaluate anything you may be thoughtlessly doing or taking for granted in the world, I am just sad for him.
I have a pretty open mind and thought this was a book I was "supposed" to read. However, it started getting a little 'preachy' at points and I rapidly became disenchanted. The last straw was when he started saying you are pretty much an idiot if you don't read the classics in the native tongue they were written in. Pretentious and condescending...
No. It does not much for you. Neither is it much thought provoking (at a per hour rate), nor very entertaining. I was glad when I was done with it. Nothing left behind stuck in my mind. Waste of time?
A few hos his descriptions of nature.
I had huge expectations of Henry Thoreau. Had read about him, am familiar with some of his thoughts and great frases, however, they aren't many in this book.
I put this book down after onec chapter because Thoreau is just too preaching for me.
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