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About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, and philosopher, who is best known for his works Waldena treatise about living in concert with the natural worldand Civil Disobedience, in which he espoused the need to morally resist the actions of an unjust state. Thoreau s work heavily reflects the ideologies of the American transcendentalists, and he has long been considered a leading figure in the movement along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and, at first, Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his views later in life). In addition to his writing, which totaled more than twenty volumes, Thoreau was an active abolitionist, and lectured regularly against the Fugitive Slave Law. Thoreau died in 1862, and is buried along with Louisa May Alcott, Ellery Channing, and other notable Americans in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420927140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420927146
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very detailed account of the travels in 1846, 1853, and 1857 of Thoreau. What they ate, what they wore, where they slept, and how much items cost along the way are all recorded. There's mention of intense cold of 40 to 50 Fahrenheit (which is above freezing, so I'm not sure what to make of that).
I've never had tea sweetened with molasses. Nor have I ever eaten moose horn. However, the oddest meal I came across in this book was as follows: "The Indians baked a loaf of flour bread in a spider on its edge before the fire for their breakfast..."

The pleasure of Thoreau's adventure is destroyed during a moose hunt. Hunting for merely the satisfaction of killing is like shooting your neighbor's horses and God is that neighbor — THAT is the lesson that Thoreau gifts to readers in the middle of this book. After that scene, he really "sees" the reality of where he is.

Some lessons are never learned and thus never cease to be relevant. One example in the book is when he comes to a place where there are two political parties mentioned. One is in favor of schools. The other, following the wishes of a priest, is opposed to schools because education could lead to "Indians" who would know how to manage their money.
Thoreau's appreciation of "Indian" language is bold and rare.
I'll end my review with a favorite (condensed) quote from the book:
"The Anglo-American... cannot converse with the spirit of the tree..."
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The book follows Thoreau and companions on a foot and canoe trek from the Boston area to the wilds of early 19th Century Maine. It's invaluable reading for those interested in the history of outdoors living in the earlier days of our country, as well as the folkways of the settlers in those areas.

I think this Thoreau guy has a good chance of becoming widely-read.
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I travelled to Maine this past summer and was keen to find out more about its history and the people who lived there.Its inhabitants are proud of their woodcutting and naval past, of this Thoreau talks about, the Kaadn mountain ,Millinocket , Penoboscott river on which we were on a fun white river rafting adventure as tourists but it was the only way he could travel. The language is rather slow and it is a book to ponder on and enjoy slowly.
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Required reading for all New Englanders who love history and the great outdoors! Not widely known, but read it along with a map to see where "we" were.
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