- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Empire Books (January 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619493918
- ISBN-13: 978-1619493919
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walden Paperback – January 6, 2018
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<DIV>Jeffrey S. Cramer is curator of collections, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He is editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition. He is preparing for publication What I Lived For: The Annotated Selected Journals of Henry D. Thoreau.
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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.
What struck me from the first page to the last was how eloquently the writing was, as is written in such a way as to make you pay attention to every word so you can understand it. As a book should be it requires one to think while reading it to comprehend the depth of the subjects Thoreau is discussing. For example, “Shall we always study to obtain more of these things and not sometimes to be content with less”(25). Today’s society is founded upon a constant progression, always making things more and more complex but never wondering how beneficial complexity is to the whole equation. More technology is not always the solution and that something that most people don’t realize and in this way Walden helps to make you think and open your mind to options you didn’t even know were there.
Walden is a true testament to simplicity and living as its most basic meaning. Although it is a very heavy and difficult book to read, I highly recommend it anyone interested in remembering a simpler way of life.