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Walden: Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben (Concord Library) Paperback – July 15, 2004
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Thoreau sought both authenticity and simplicity in his life. He never abandoned Concord and the real world but merely sought refuge at Walden to plumb the depths of his being. Serious introspection and brilliant writing show each of us the the way to our own core. Can we stand the examination? That is for each of us to determine.
The Transcendentalists may never have been able to define their philosphy, but what remains of it more than a century after the movement's passing can be summed up in Thoreau's always upbeat outlook of "...if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet success unexpected in common hours."
One cannot read Walden without gaining confidence in one's ability to change direction in life and optimism about the future. We do not have to live lives of conformity and quiet desparation. "In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high."
There has never been a book that better expresses American optimism, and there is no reason for us to lose confidence now. Simplify and be as close to authentic as you can be and all will turn out well. Oh, and while you're at it question authority.
If there could be a six star book, this would be my candidate.
"Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition" by Jeffrey S. Cramer was released in August 2004, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the original publication date. Cramer is the curator of collections for The Thoreau Institute and therefore has access to some of the best primary and secondary source material available -- including Walter Harding's notes. In addition to the text of WALDEN, this volume includes a few "extras": an introduction to Thoreau's life but only as it applies to his cabin stay and WALDEN writing; a bibliography; notes on the text; and a detailed index. The explanatory notes -- the essence of an annotated edition -- are quite extensive. They are set off from the WALDEN text with page-within-a-page graphic detailing and are easy to read. Cramer did not merely merge Van Doren Stern's and Harding's previous notes with those from David Gorman Rohman's dissertation. His analysis at times echoes that of Harding, but when it does, Cramer often goes one step further with a definition or citation.Read more ›
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Amazing book for the person who wants a better and simpler life. The language may be a little hard to overcome, but just stick with it and you will truly glean a lot of insight... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
It was very interesting and quite lyrical when he talked about living in that area and the Nature that he observed but sometimes he seemed to get over- analytical and even crabby... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bette Farrer
No problem. Exactly what I needed, and delivered in an incredibly short time.Published 6 days ago by James T Noles
Among the most enlightening pieces of literature and philosophy that I ever read. Great copy for it's price.Published 7 days ago by John Brumitt
Walden was chosen by our UChicago Alumni Book Club as one of the books we should have read in college, but didn't. I think I read a portion of it, but don't remember for sure. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jeff Rasley
I had to read this in 10th grade for my pre-AP honors lit class. The annotations are very helpful and makes the book more understandable. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Henry David Thoreau was a living example of Emerson's philosophy of self reliance. If you want your children to be good neighbors and exceptional in mind and soul then teach them... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Clifton Wayne Knox