i appreciate how he appreciates solitude and that distance is a form of intimacy ...
Written during the two years Thoreau spent living in the Walden woods in a cabin which he built. What an amazing book! His writings stem from his experiment in self-sustaining living and explore the topic of "how we should best live our lives." What a clear thinker! Thoreau is definetly the kind of guy who is not swayed by the dictations or trivialities of society, and always keeps an eye to what is important. Great expositions on politics, philosophy, and living; LIVING...what it really means to be ALIVE! Thoreau was also one of the first great naturalists and gives detailed accounts of the wildlife and habitat around his cabin...often these descriptions serve as nice metaphors for various aspects of the human condition, society, and the natural world in general.
The ending is spectacular. It's beautiful, hopeful, and inspirational. He's extremely wise and does not fall prey to the same traps that ensnare lesser men. He's positive, inquisitive, curious, boisterous, and joyful! Most of all, he's pragmatic, and practical in the most satisfying way! Thoreau helps me be the kind of person I want to be to get the most out of life. He is my hero.
I started this on a riverboat traveling down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo, southern China. I finished it in Kingston, a small city in Canada, 7 months later.
Re-read for sure.
You will get very little from Walden if you read it hunting for contradictions, if you make a great fuss over the fact that he had dinner in town with friends sometimes. There is much to dispute with Thoreau, but the useful disagreements lie in the essentials, not the details." - Bill McKibben, from an annotation for Walden....Continua
Writer composes this lake's life free and easily though, but it's a little bit insipid to me unfortunately.
Quite interesting. It is still a topical book under many aspects (like working a life to pay a mortgage). It can be extremely boring in its description of Nature.
Something I really liked:
"I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was alla undusted still, and threw them out the window in disgust. How, then , could I have a furnished house?I would rather sit in the open air, for no dust gathers on the grass, unless where man has broken ground. "