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Publisher's Summary

Walden is the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The story is detailed in its accounts of Thoreau's day-to-day activities, observations, and undertakings to survive out in the wilderness for two years.

Thoreau's journal is an exquisite account of a man seeking a more simple life by living in harmony with nature. In today's fast-paced consumer-driven society, the austere lifestyle endorsed by Thoreau is as relevant and refreshing as ever.

Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor

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Problem with editing

Although this is generally a good reading of this classic work, I must point out that there is a problem with the way the book has been divided into 2 parts. The end of Chapter 9 has been cut off at the end of Part One. Part Two begins with Chapter 10. Thus someone has made an error and left out a portion of the reading, because the reader is cut off in mid-sentence at the end of Part One.

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Early American Beatnik

This is excellent material for the adolescent nonconformist. The language and diction is rather dated, but I got accustomed to it. The reader's style is a believable facsimile of Thoreau himself perhaps, but is a touch clunky and professorial. Great slice-of-life ruminations from an early bohemian living by a deep pond in New England.

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Um there were some pages cut from some of the chapters. I have read this 3 times and love it every time. A mountain of things should not be the definition of happiness. Walden shares that idea with the reader and offers another idea of how to live.

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Inspiring

I felt surprisingly connected with Thoreau’s principles and thought process. Reading left me with an increased thirst to explore nature, study Greek heroes and find a way to awake within the scope of my day to day activities.

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A glitch in reading occurs around Chapter 11. I would avoid this version—unless you enjoy talking to customer service.

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change your view change your life

required reading for the person seeking truth and happiness. this book dissects the human problem

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I was hoping for something more from what I thought would be a classic. Occasionally interesting, but more often quite boring.

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