- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199563276
- ISBN-13: 978-0199563272
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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Reveries of a Solitary Walker consists of ten short essays. Their chief theme is the need for solitude and the pleasures of self esteem against the busy social world. Rousseau writes in a manner which is reminiscent of Koheleth the Preacher's musings in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. The Swiss philosopher and Old Testament wisdom author both conclude that the enjoyment of nature, botanical studies and daydreaming are the best ways for a person to enjoy old age. Dreaming on a quiet lake is preferable to the hurly-burly of existence in the vanity fair of society. The book can be read in a few hours. You may not agree with Rousseau in many of his conclusions about life but he gets the reader to think! Rousseau was self-centered, overly sensitive and had a persecution mania. Rousseau h was generous to those in want and was a kind man. He professes to enjoy the company of children, the poor and elderly. Meet this fascinating and iconic figure of the Romantic movement in this short work of genius!