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Walden [Kindle Edition]

Henry David Thoreau
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619493845
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZBUXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A peaceful book with important principles. January 21, 2014
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Principles:

Self generating happiness.
Self confidence.
Hard work.
Resourcefulness.
Unapologetically living how you want to live at your own costs and not others'.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most satisfying classic November 21, 2013
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My house burned down and while we were still living in a hotel, I bought this book in hardcover because it has always spoken to my soul. His experiment in nature is evocative and inspiring. But hardcover isn't very portable, so I replaced it with this Kindle edition and every time I read even a few pages I am reminded how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful world.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book or bad book? September 8, 2012
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There are so many reviews, what more could I add? Why do some love and others hate this book? I think some people who secretly envy or at least understand Thoreau's experiment of leaving the shackles of society will love this book. Just the first pages you can see here on amazon when you click look inside, have some great thoughts that resonate with me. I truly loved this book including the section on civil disobedience.

I think your love or hate of this book will be determined by the type of person you are, no judgement on either type (diversity makes life interesting) from me, just an observation. The people who loved it are just as right as the ones who hated it.

There are parts where it can ramble some and those are obviously harder to get through but well worth it in my opinion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Books Ever Written June 24, 2013
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This is one of the few books I have read multiple times. One of the few books you will read that will change your view of the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars live simply and live better November 4, 2013
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A great read! Thought-provoking....can one live as simply in today's culture and society?
Thoreau felt his own society was just as materialistic as ours.....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Simply January 24, 2014
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Classic read. Minimalist advocate. Live simply. A cluttered lifestyle indicates a cluttered mind.

Really? Nine more words needed? No brevity allowed?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Kindle Free May 22, 2014
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I love collecting the classics, I could not possible afford all that I have found on Kindle Free and can read them as I have time!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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"Simplify, simplify, simplify." I never read books for leisure in high school. This is the only book that had me hooked. It is probably one of the first books that changed the way I view the world. Not once as a teenager did I take a hard look at what materialistic values the media shoved down my throat before I read this book. Six years after high school, I want to say that I disagree with Thoreau by saying that life is more enjoyable, at least to me, with complexity. Simple thinking devoid of challenging the mind is boring and unfulfilling. Living off the land only satisfies only the bottom rung of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. I can't imagine the boredom Thoreau felt as he relived the same day after day, farming, walking, reading, and writing. A deprivation of social interaction and living a life devoid of novel experiences creates an unchallenged brain with fewer and less complicated nerve connections. People who live through the same routine everyday experience time as if it were going by faster. The opposite is true for people who seek novel experiences. This is one reason why we enjoy taking vacations to far away places. I think he's spot on about detaching oneself from the demanding pressure of over-consumption en-grained in American culture but I think he's wrong about absolutely detaching oneself from society.

Five stars for Thoreau's thoughts. One star for the book itself. It looks like garbage. The type face is not Times Roman Numeral or Arial. I don't know what the type face it is but it looks weird and uneasy on the eyes. The pages are made wide and long so the page number is fewer. This makes it hard to hold with one hand. The paragraphs did not use any tab stops. Again, making it more difficult on the eyes. It just skips one line. The text size appear larger than what is found in most other books. The pages feel like construction paper. Do you see the irony in me making a big deal out of the superficial appearance of this version of Thoreau's Walden?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoreau at his best!!!
Men with conscience...these days? Well, we are technological giants and moral dwarfs and Henry would NOT be pleased. For the angels among us this is a great read.
Published 5 days ago by Lancer
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated and overrated
Some lovely nature descriptions and a little transcendental philosophy, but for the most part it's a rather preachy, outdated book by a very smug, supercilious misanthrope. Read more
Published 22 days ago by ilcigno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic
Published 26 days ago by Tamara Denke
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic!
Our existential issues seem never to change, we just grow new technologies around them.
Published 29 days ago by gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars "Walden"
A wonderful book with the ideal of keeping life simple and avoiding over complicating the few precious moments that make up our life. Simplify, simplify, simplify!
Published 1 month ago by Adam P. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
TIMELESS CLASSIC
Published 1 month ago by Samshooter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Joe
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It was tedious.
Published 1 month ago by kkrome25
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
FREE and what's not to like about Walden?
Fun to have it for free.
Published 1 month ago by LL
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and a nice red to see one mans view of life at ...
Entertaining and a nice red to see one mans view of life at the time. I just expected a lot more with all the rave reviews I had seen about this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Blomberg
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