- Paperback: 26 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449518583
- ISBN-13: 978-1449518585
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,673 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The result is something that could have been fascinating being just plain awkward and unsatisfying to handle and read.
That is the sentence missing from the 45th (final) paragraph of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience." Here I am, reading aloud in class, when suddenly I am interrupted with the report that I skipped a sentence in the text. No, I did not skip a sentence ... it simply wasn't there.
When I buy a book, for a dollar or fifty dollars, I want the entire book. I will be requesting a refund, and deleting this version from my Kindle, before more omissions are brought to light at my expense.
The first half or so is very interesting as he describes building his cabin and living off the land. He argues that people spend too much time working to make money to acquire things they really don't need and never really live. They are slaves to their lifestyle and what others expect. They have little if any time to themselves, while Thoreau spends his days doing whatever he wants in large part. He enjoys nature and writes in detail about everything he observes.
When he takes 10+ pages to describe his observations of the ice melting on Walden Pond, I must admit, I thought it was time for him to rejoin society.
But, for all the sections where he goes off the deep end, it is an interesting read because he complains about everything we do today and this takes place in 1846-1848: useless politicians whose only interest is in being reelected and being taxed for services he does not use (real estate based school tax). Thoreau refuses to pay his tax and is jailed. He loves it but someone bails hm out much to his chagrin.
The reason for knocking off a star is he does go on sometimes.
Warning: when this book was written some words had different meanings than they do today. This makes it sometimes challenging to follow.
This is not a beach read. Read it when you have time to complicate it.