- Series: Penguin American Library
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st edition (August 25, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140390448
- ISBN-13: 978-0140390445
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,293 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walden and Civil Disobedience (Penguin American Library) 1st Edition
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YA An unintended effect of the cultural diversity curriculum is that we lose touch with seminal works such as Walden. Written for an audience thoroughly versed in Western tradition, many of Thoreau's metaphors and references are unrecognizable to today's students. Though some references were intended to prove his erudition, one is chagrined at the number of necessary explications of standard classical concepts. Though some annotations are noisy comments upon Thoreau's life, most are informative and enhance the work. Many YAs will view Thoreau's natural essays as he intended, thanks to Harding's efforts. A must for libraries.?Hugh McAloon, Prince William County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This edition of Thoreau's classic contains an introduction and annotations by Bill McKibben, who asserts that "at the close of the 20th century, it is most crucial to read Walden as a practical environmentalist's volume, and to search for his heirs among those trying to change our relation to the planet." Even if you don't buy his argument, you still get a dandy little hardcover for $15.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The result is something that could have been fascinating being just plain awkward and unsatisfying to handle and read.
It was one of the most challenging reads of my life, but one book I am so glad to have read. Thoreau had a lot of wisdom for someone of his time. What threw me off at times were his references to things like ancient history when he discusses his narrative of whatever he happens to be talking about at that time, which seems kind of random at times. It can be fairly easy to get lost at times, but keep in mind, this was written in the mid 1800's. Sometimes, it felt like reading this book was a lengthy homework assignment. Even still, it was a pleasure to have read this masterpiece. I suggest giving this a read if you have the patience for a deep and enlightening read.
In college, my professor noted, 'This book will change your life!' He was right.
Walden stands as opprobrium against slavery and American greed in the context of emigrant Europeans' relationship with Nature and work ethic.
Thoreau's basic science and sociology are correct, considering philosophical conjecture in 1854 - and American Education's surprising lack of advancement by 2016. This is a must read for the literate, for those who seek perspective regarding social relationships in a civilized country, anticipating sociological disruption of climate change.
Thoreau's account of diet, exercise, and lifestyle synthesize health, and disease-avoidance in the world's "Blue Zones. Reading "Walden" is to re-examine the philosophical underpinnings of America and the "progress lie."