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Walden
Henry David Thoreau
108 Installments

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,” begins Henry David Thoreau’s transcendentalist classic, “. . .and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Still one of the most stirring voices in American letters, Thoreau’s account of his time living in the woods near Concord, Massachusetts is part memoir, part manifesto, and enjoyable from first to last.

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Finished it and am happy that I found DailyLit to do so...made it less painful to digest this very dense classic.
 
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Given some adjustment for the times, this is a thought-provoking read. Today, it is a worthwhile choice for readers.
 
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I read two pages of Walden a day and fall more and more in love with this great person. He is my new hero. I love his acceptance of Eastern ideas and the way he lives them mundanely instead of getting a big head about them and just intellectualizing them. I feel really connected to Thoreau and to Walden Pond when I read, and am always a bit startled to come to the end of the pages, look up, and realize I'm in 2009....
 
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Walden is, as Thoreau himself said, " - I know of no reading of another's experience so startling and informing as this would be. We, as readers know that the words startling and informing will only related to fact and truth. No one will read something which is not informative and not "true". Thoreau is right when he used the word "startling", because truth can be startling for people who live in illusionary foundation of life, who being deceived by their own foolishness. Walden is a book of a truth seeker's experience by learning and experiencing, by dealing with the fact and reality. In Walden, Nature become the guru or a ladder to achieve a higher level of living. To live harmoniously with nature means to live simple and free or independent (being self-sufficient). That kind mode of living will sharpen your faculties and potentials and thus elevate your living into a higher level of living.
 
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I think I can summarize this book as a love-hate relationship. <br/><br/>There were parts where I could relate to the thoughts and emotions of the author and was amazed at his level of intellect and knowledge in so many diverse fields of study.<br/><br/>However, there were parts where I merely skimmed the passages, and felt annoyed at the sense of judgement and entitlement from the author, who in my view seems very hypocritical most of the time.<br/><br/>It is a good read to expose yourself to the classics however, it can be very monotonous and dry at times. Definitely not a page turner, but good for expansion of ideas and literature.
 
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Chris McCandless leest dit boek in de film &quot;Into the Wild&quot;. Het lijkt alsof de film naar dit boek van Thoreau gemaakt is. Maar het boek loopt beter af ;-)
 
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I was surprised by my reaction to this book, one I had always wanted to read. I couldn't get past the first quarter, as the author struck me as smug and a bit too high in the instep. Too bad, as I am a fan of simple living. I guess I like the message, but not the messenger?
 
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One of the best books I have read- so prescient in his engagement with nature. Enjoyed his sharp eye, and great language.
 
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A true classic.<br/>- Connects us again with nature. The book gives modern urban population the opportunity to experience nature in its full capacity and slow motion. <br/>- Spiritual without relegious: In addition to lead the read to the infinite vastness of nature, it also directs us inside toward ourselves, and the vast unexplored spaces wihtin.
 
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Thoreau says, &quot;I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.&quot; Indeed! He also points out that, &quot;The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.&quot; <br/><br/>This is a wonderful book detailing Thoreau's noble experiment on how we should &quot;live simply so that that we may simply live.&quot; The first half seemed more &quot;how-to&quot; with some of his philosophy thrown in for good measure.<br/><br/>It makes me want to build my own little shack in the woods and find out how I may truly live.
 
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Self centered narcissism at its most droll
Made it to the sixth installment before i reached my BS threshold.
 
Dec. 16, 2016
Another Classic that Readers Must Read . . .
. . . even though some parts get a little tedious, such as descriptions of ice and squirrels. But when you're cooped up in a little shack, I suppose you tend to run out of things to talk about. Overall, an important book as a foundation for civil disobedience, self-reliance, and living in the moment--very Zen-like. If the old saying, "Classics are books that you'd like to say you read," then having read this one allows me to say that, yes, I actually read it.
 
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