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Walden

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
By: (1817-1862)

Walden by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond. Walden is neither a novel nor a true autobiography, but a social critique of the Western World, with each chapter heralding some aspect of humanity that needed to be either renounced or praised. Along with his critique of the civilized world, Thoreau examines other issues afflicting man in society, ranging from economy and reading to solitude and higher laws. He also takes time to talk about the experience at Walden Pond itself, commenting on the animals and the way people treated him for living there, using those experiences to bring out his philosophical positions. This extended commentary on nature has often been interpreted as a strong statement to the natural religion that transcendentalists like Thoreau and Emerson were preaching.

First Page:

WALDEN,

and

ON THE DUTY OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

By Henry David Thoreau

Contents

=WALDEN=

Economy

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

Reading

Sounds

Solitude

Visitors

The Bean Field

The Village

The Ponds

Baker Farm

Higher Laws

Brute Neighbors

House Warming

Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors

Winter Animals

The Pond in Winter

Spring

Conclusion

=ON THE DUTY OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE=

WALDEN

Economy

When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.

I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would call impertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 13, 2014
I love the Reader's Voice.
Reviewer: - October 4, 2013
I keep coming back to this. Well read!
Reviewer: - September 11, 2013
It’s perfectly narrated. Great job, readers.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Very well narrated. Thank you.
Reviewer: - July 4, 2013
Subject: Walden
Perfectly read. Thank you.
Reviewer: - November 10, 2012
Subject: Philosophy
Eccelant! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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