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on July 28, 2014
This is a very slim little book that for at least two reasons might take longer than it takes to read a much bigger book. First, it compacts some powerful thoughts that require time to digest and translate into action. Second, although Emerson is sometimes referred to as a great writer, those who read both Emerson and Thoreau might find Emerson's writing style less crystal clear than Thoreau's, possibly because writing styles have changed and Emerson was 17 years older than Thoreau. Anyway, it's well worth the effort to digest this little gem.
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on October 27, 2017
Difficult to consume. Literature is quite deep and hard to fathom. I will keep trying.
Thought there was gonna be a more layman's version of "self reliance"... not a colorful dream.
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on October 18, 2016
These essays are the source of many well-known Emerson quotations, plus a number that I could not fully recall. Internet sites did not help me find them, so I got the e-book of his essays to find them myself. Love the essays, love the transcendence of Emerson's words.
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on May 9, 2017
Must read for American high school students
In this day and age.Timeless work of Literature.
Emerson and Thoreau our country's Answer to Ancient Greek Philosophers.
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on September 13, 2017
It is a good book. A little on the poetic side and some of the things may take a few listens before you get the meanings. Overall, I don't regret my purchase and the more I listen the more I like it.
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on September 28, 2017
Good book. Just a heads up. My cover did not match the one shown here. Not that I care but just in case it does to someone.
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on March 1, 2017
great!
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on September 26, 2016
Classic Emerson essays. Thought provoking and well written.
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on February 16, 2013
Once you learn to read the great man's writhing syntax, you get the thought: he invented stream of consciousness, snatching at the idea as it flashed by, shoving it into the text of his lecture. The point: the thought, when it sticks, is still brilliant, though Thoreau will get you there sooner, and Whitman soonest. Read these three & you're set for life.
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on June 19, 2017
Good collection of Emerson's major works and most insightful essays.
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