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Walden de Henry David Thoreau
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Walden (original: 1854; edição: 2004)

de Henry David Thoreau

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Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.… (mais)
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Título:Walden
Autores:Henry David Thoreau
Informação:Princeton University Press, Paperback, 352 pages
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For me, this is one of those books which just keeps cropping up in articles, conversations and podcasts. So much so, that eventually I decided that I just had to put my other non-fiction reading aside for a while and finally read it. In particular, Tim Ferriss is a big fan of this book and he constantly mentions it in his shows. It seems to resonate with people who are into simple living and nature so I thought that it would be something that I would like.

The book starts with some philosophy into the way life had developed in the United States and the reasons why Thoreau wanted to live in the woods for a while. There are a lot of things he talks about that are as relevant today as they were in 1854. It always amazes me how much life has changed, but, how many things still remain the same. He talks a lot about how, many people fritter their life away with needless distractions and do what society expects of them instead of living a more fulfilling life. On the surface this is something I kind of subscribe to, but, who is to say what is considered 'frittering life away'? Many people would consider reading fiction a waste of time (Thoreau seems to, unless it is a classic literary work) but obviously, I don't.

After these initial thoughts, the book switches to the memoirs of the naturalist side of Thoreau and his experiences living in the woods. It should be noted at this point that he isn't completely separated from society, he can hear the railway and he has frequent visitors to his cabin. He also takes trips into town to buy seeds etc, and, on one such visit he is arrested for not paying his taxes. There is a real timeless sense because life isn't controlled by some notion of having to do certain things by a certain time. That said, Thoreau has to work to keep himself fed and his cabin in a condition suitable for the season. It is also nice to see how the flora and fauna change as the seasons change. Thoreau lives in unison with the animals who also live in the wood, unconcerned by the mice and squirrels who live under and inside his cabin.

Unfortunately, I didn't really go on with the naturalist section of the book, I found it to be very overwritten and needlessly repetitive. Huge swathes of texts are given over to most mundane of subjects and he often goes off on a tangent. I think I would have preferred to have read an abridged or edited version more suited to the modern reader. The end of the book is a bit of a philosophical summary with Thoreau's feelings about governments and taxes, needless to say, he is not a fan of either.

After finishing the book, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. The philosophy was interesting and engaging but the naturalist side of the book got tedious after a while. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 25, 2021 |
We all know that Walden is the story of Thoreau’s life in a cabin he built on the shores of Walden Pond, but it is also about much more. The shores of that pond expand, through his questioning mind, to touch the entire cosmos.
The opening chapter seemed calculated to be offensive, like the approach of one who has often been rejected and must test you fist by surliness to see if you’ll really be a friend. Once I got past that, I enjoyed the book.
Thoreau exults in how abundant a life he finds in simplicity. At times, he seems to exalt poverty as a superior form of life but draws back by recognizing that few of the poor in his acquaintance, if any, recognize the beatitude of their situation.
The concluding chapter, to me, echoes passages from Koheleth. The setting of one may be a palace, the other a cabin, but both ended in the same neighborhood. As Thoreau remarked, the sunset reflected just as brightly in both their windows.
It’s relevant to the lessons this book conveys that Thoreau left the cabin and moved back to town after two years. One can learn much by living on the edge of a pond, but there is more to life than that. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
We all know that Walden is the story of Thoreau’s life in a cabin he built on the shores of Walden Pond, but it is also about much more. The shores of that pond expand, through his questioning mind, to touch the entire cosmos.
The opening chapter seemed calculated to be offensive, like the approach of one who has often been rejected and must test you first by surliness to see if you’ll really be a friend. Once I got past that, I enjoyed the book.
Thoreau exults in how abundant a life he finds in simplicity. At times, he seems to exalt poverty as a superior form of life but draws back by recognizing that few of the poor in his acquaintance, if any, recognize the beatitude of their situation.
The concluding chapter, to me, echoes passages from Koheleth. The setting of one may be a palace, the other a cabin, but both ended in the same neighborhood. As Thoreau remarked, the sunset reflected just as brightly in both their windows.
It’s relevant to the lessons this book conveys that Thoreau left the cabin and moved back to town after two years. One can learn much by living on the edge of a pond, but there is more to life than that. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Devastatingly wonderful. I had read parts of this at uni, of course, but never the whole work. I wouldn't recommend this for everyone, or perhaps many, but it is the heart of a movement which I hold very dear. ( )
  therebelprince | Jun 24, 2021 |
This book is completely different from what I suspected and from what I had been told. Here is a man with an imagination as large as the world. If you read Walden expecting to find great philosophical musings, you will be disappointed. Many of his thoughts and predictions have been be shown to be false by the advance of society and the workings of science. But, if instead, you read it looking for small nuggets of genuine thought, the book is a veritable gold field. The way he connects the mundane to the divine is astonishing. As a budding author, I am in awe. A great read. ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
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Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.

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