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Walden and Civil Disobedience Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-Henry David Thoreau's classic, first published in 1854 and reporting on his experiences at the eponymous site where he lived in physical and social independence during the mid-1840's, receives refreshing treatment here. William Hope reads leisurely but with feeling, offering listeners the illusion that the author is speaking directly to them. The abridgements are not substantive, so listeners will feel that they have become acquainted with the complexities of a text that is both orderly and sprinkled with irony and other literary devices. The chapters are tastefully set off by musical interludes that complement Thoreau's own rhythms. Not only is this an excellent alternative for students assigned to read the text that is often offered in tiny print without benefit of margins, but it is also possible to suggest this to thoughtful teens who are seeking an intellectually engaging listening experience for their personal enjoyment. Hope's pacing invites readers with minimal skills to accompany their print foray with his narration. The careful editing here assures that they will not become lost between page and sound.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Walden's original publisher releases an annotated edition to celebrate the book's 150th anniversary.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Essentially Thoreau lived as a man with dominion over the land and he did well. He doesn't demand everyone be like him but he does encourage it. Things like "temperance lends to nobility" (I'm paraphrasing) ring true.
Something for everybody who can read non-fiction is in this piece.
Which is not a bad idea. I think that everyone should take some time off from their everyday BS , and exile themselves from everyone for awhile.
This book is different. It requires no report, and it is not a journey one could judge in the standard manner. This book is a treatise of introspection, and a journey of discovery. It allows the reader to become a better person without having to make the sacrifice. This book is one of the most valuable pieces of literature ever written.
...but you have to read it.
As I re-read this seminal book I was reminded of all of the reasons I first loved this book. It will cause you to reflect not only upon your life but upon the planet we all share.
Kindle formatting is acceptable. Not perfect but when a book is free how can I complain.