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HASH(0x9f3a1750) étoiles sur 5 An almost perfect little book 18 juin 2011
Par Frank Karabotsos - Publié sur
Format: Relié
"If the bell rings, why should we run?" (p. 16)

"The question is not what you look at but how you look & whether you see." (p. 242)

"My profession is to... attend all the operas in nature." (p. 4)

"Who hears the rippling of the rivers will not utterly despair of anything." (p. 353)

"Think of it, he stood half an hour today to hear the frogs croak, and he wouldn't read the life of Chalmers." [said by Thoreau's aunt] (p. 450)

If you've never read Thoreau, this is the perfect introduction. If you tried reading him before but found it hard going, this book will convert you. And if you're already familiar with his writings, you'll love this little book.

I first discovered Thoreau in my Norton Anthology during American Lit class. I rediscovered him when I saw the beautiful cover of the recent Oxford World's Classics edition of Walden. I started reading it on the subway to and from work, and I was hooked. It seemed to resonate with me at the time, helping to reduce the mind-numbing monotony of the daily commute.

I was pleasantly surprised by how compact The Quotable Thoreau is. Though it is not pocketable, it does fit neatly in the hand. I take it with me when I go for a walk, whether on a city sidewalk or in the woods. The natural tempo of walking coupled with the inspirational quotes makes for a very soothing experience. I once read that "Reading is the best way to relax. . . . Even six minutes is enough to cut stress by more than two-thirds." Reading a book such as this is especially relaxing.

The text font is a decent size, and the typeface used is the highly readable Adobe Minion Pro, one of my favourites. After some research I identified the beautiful cover font as Monotype Hadriano Light.

The white dust cover, while beautifully designed, soils easily. I usually remove it when reading. Besides, the green binding underneath is made from a sturdy cloth and looks great.

Though not "richly illustrated" as claimed on the inner dust flap (only 20 small photos among 500 pages), the illustrations are well-chosen: a reproduction of Thoreau's signature, written with eyes closed; a picture of his flute; and five images of the man himself, including one full-length portrait in pencil. My only cavil is that there are not more of them, especially photographs of Walden and Concord by Herbert Wendell Gleason. There is one on page 349. Why not more? Princeton University Press, the publishers of Quotable Thoreau, produced an edition of Walden in 1973 with 66 of Gleason's photos dating from the early 20th century. This volume (ISBN: 9780691062662) is now sadly out of print. The Sierra Club brought out an edition in 1975 entitled Thoreau Country: Photographs and Text Selections from the Works of H. D. Thoreau (ISBN: 0871561441) but it, too, is out of print.

More recently the Folio Society of London brought out a generous-sized deluxe edition of Walden with 19 Gleason photos printed in large format, including two foldouts. Apparently, of the 6,000 negatives in the Gleason Collection, almost 1,200 are of Thoreau country. Some of the images are online here: [...] and also here: [...]

The volume's extras are all worth reading, from the insightful introduction to the essay on how to pronounce Thoreau's name (THO-row or Tho-ROW?). There's even a useful bibliography and a very thoreau (oops, make that thorough) index.

After spending some time immersed in this little book, you may find the pace of life slowing. And glancing up from your reading, you may well look around you and wonder with Thoreau: "Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?" (p. 16)

[One small point: Thoreau was not born in May as mentioned on page xxii, but rather on July, as noted correctly on page xliii.]
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HASH(0x9d4aca50) étoiles sur 5 Essential... 28 juillet 2011
Par W. Ryan - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The great thing about this book is it brings together quotes from all sources, many of which I was unaware of or hadn't read. For example: Thoreau's Journals, Walden, his correspondence, Excursions, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, The Maine Woods. There are many more sources. Jeffrey Cramer has not just assembled Thoreau quotes, he has thoughtfully chosen. He has anticipated our experience reading the collection by including interesting addenda Chapters: On Pronouncing the Name Thoreau, Misquotations and Misattributions, and, Thoreau Described by His Contemporaries.

It belongs in everyone's library. Oh, and it travels well too.
HASH(0x9d24a36c) étoiles sur 5 Simplicity, Itself! 6 février 2013
Par Sue - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a fan of Henry David Thoreau I have always appreciated the intellectual research and work of this author/editor. For those who love Thoreau, this is a handy tool, and for those who are not well acquainted with him, this is a great introduction to the man and his thoughts. I know you will like this newest edition to the Thorovian world.
HASH(0x9d5dddec) étoiles sur 5 His Quotes are remarkable 24 décembre 2013
Par Joseph O. Kiess - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
For a small book you can certainly learn a lot about,love, religion, life, nature, taking care of the earth and his relationship with Native Americans..
HASH(0x9d4fdd68) étoiles sur 5 great to have in personal library 23 janvier 2015
Par TA Stephens - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Most complete compilation of Thoreau I found at the time, that was also a comfortably portable size book.
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