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Thoreau at Walden Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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Separated into four seasons, the reader follows Henry David Thoreau as he spends time living on his own alongside Walden Pond. Snatches of his writings from the time dot the text, with much of the attention paid to his quieter moments of pause and reflection. Watching an owl in a tree, standing in the rain, or sitting in the middle of a boat in the center of his pond, artist John Porcellino allows us the chance to experience the simple miracles of the everyday through Thoreau's eyes.Read more ›
Everything that you need to know about Thoreau and why he is important, even essential to Americans of any era, is conveyed with clever precision in this slim, handsome volume. Perfect for the beginner...maybe even better for those who want to recall what it was about Thoreau that made him so important the first time we read his work decades ago.
"I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle and farming tools...for these are more easily acquired than got rid of."
"Shall we always study to obtain more of these things...and not sometimes to be content with less"
It is a lovely evening in Sebastopol to be reading and contemplating the words of Henry David Thoreau. There have been a few good rainy days over the past couple of weeks. Everything is suddenly sprouting -- even little weed seeds stuck on the sides of stones -- and one can easily recognize the increase in the height of the newly growing grass from a given morning to the same day's late afternoon. My osmanthus bush, at the bottom of the stairs outside, has in the past couple of days exploded in blossoms that once again send out the sweet, fragrant apricot scent that I fell in love with during that fall, long ago, when I first arrived here in Sebastopol.
It is a warm evening tonight and, with the windows open, the din of birds, bugs and frogs that lay mute just a few weeks ago in the dryness of late summer is providing a rich soundtrack of Mother Nature's fertile stirrings, a symphony of night music to accompany my reading of this inspiring little graphic novel.
THOREAU AT WALDEN succeeds quite beautifully in introducing readers to pearls of Henry David Thoreau through the incorporation of manageable passages of his writings into the graphic format.
"The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad...and if I repent of one thing, it is likely to be my good behavior."
"I hear an irresistible voice..which invites me away from all that.Read more ›
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THe exquisite combination of graphics and wording makes this an elegant gift for any age, children or adults and wlll prompt many discussions from all. Read morePublished 12 months ago by 80th aero squadron
Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino is a graphic treatment based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Annette Lamb
Here's a perfect marriage of artist & subject, as the minimalist observer of everyday life/student of Zen Buddhism/autobiographical cartoonist with punk rock roots John Porcellino... Read morePublished 17 months ago by William Timothy Lukeman