Walden

Walden

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"In honor of the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth, this edition of Walden features an introduction and annotations by renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben. 'We need to understand that when Thoreau sat in the dooryard of his cabin 'from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sang around or flitted noiseless through the house, ' he was offering counsel and example exactly suited for our perilous moment in time.' --Bill McKibben, from the introduction. First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau's groundbreaking book has influenced generations of readers and continues to inspire and inform anyone with an open mind, a love of nature, and a longing for simplicity and contemplation. Bill McKibben provides a newly revised introduction and helpful annotations that place Thoreau firmly in his role as cultural and spiritual seer. This beautiful edition of Walden, published in honor of the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth, is more accessible and relevant than ever in an age of technological change and ecological crisis"--
Publisher: Boston :, Beacon Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780807098134
0807098132
Branch Call Number: 818.303 Thoreau
Characteristics: xxiii, 312 pages ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: McKibben, Bill

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LeVena
Mar 03, 2019

Available in UNC but not in public library.

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gregdryke
Dec 27, 2018

Austin Klein recommendation

VaughanPLSarahN Feb 07, 2017

Walden was not what I expected. I was looking for the story of a man who had decided to live outside society for two years. Instead, I found an essay about how economical and practical it is to do as he did.
I think I would have liked the book better if it was about Thoreau's reflective journey to the conclusions he reached rather than about how clever he finds himself to be and how he'd been right all along.

Cynthia_N Aug 31, 2016

The first half of this book was not pleasant to read. Thoreau was sharing his opinions on the ways other people live their lives and honestly at times I disliked the author. The book did take a turn for the better about halfway through when he started talking about living in the woods. I did end up really enjoying the book.

PoMoLibrary Jul 21, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Dave: It's political but also transports you into nature. It allows you to participate in living off the grid in a time when we are always plugged in. Living in BC, many of us live in a location minutes away from our own "Walden Pond", but we never take the time to enjoy it. This book helps us remember.

deleuzerimbaud Oct 13, 2013

Excellent. I own it but have not rushed to finish it due to other reading obligations, however it is the totem of reflection, with richer detail than most contemporary fiction.

purplebetter1 Jun 26, 2012

Started it in the winter and finished in the summer, so I am counting it.

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monaraven
May 27, 2011

Incredible annotations. Makes it twice as long, but really adds a richer understanding and dimension to the text. It's also nice that the annotations are on the same page, so you don't have to flip to the back of the book if you want to read them.

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quagga
Jan 04, 2010

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." John Porcellino's simple line drawings pair well with brief excerpts from Henry David Thoreau's writings. The book is divided into four seasons, which gives a narrative flow to time spent at Walden Pond. Additional material at the beginning and the end will help orient new readers to Thoreau's work and will point them towards further reading. Grade 6-12.

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