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Walden (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Henry David Thoreau
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Life in the woods 13 octobre 2013
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Walden was written in 1854 by HD Thoreau while he lived in the cabin he'd built by himself, in the woods, near the lake Walden.
in the first part , a sharp critique of modern society and civilization and all that it encompasses : Anything goes , fashion ( clothing) , housing ( cover ) , the architecture , communication , transportation , education , culture, work: "who made them serfs of the soil? Why should they eat their sixty acres, when man is condemned to eat only his peck of dirt? Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?"...
In the second part , he let us know his experience of exile from the society, how he built his own cabin, his observations around the lake , seasons, wildlife, noise , culture, reading .. .

His philosophy penetrates us from the first pages about human living, luxury , freedom, spirituality...

An author who deserves to be better known in France and at least in high school I think.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Le guide de l'apprenti Robinson. 4 février 2014
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A conseiller à ceux qui voudraient tenter l'aventure de la cabane au fond des bois... magnifique ode à la nature sauvage, à l'harmonie de l'homme et du monde malgré les punaises et autres désagréments de la vie en plein air...
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 livre en version originale 19 février 2013
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Je ne lis pas cette langue et voulais le livre en français. Un copain l'a en français sur sa tablette, je ne me suis pas méfiée et je suis bien embarrassée maintenant. Ou laors envoyez moi un traducteur jeune et sympa à domicile....;
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truth Seeker 14 août 2015
Par Richard Reese (author of Sustainable or Bust) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Henry David Thoreau had a mind that was intelligent, complex, and rigidly righteous. He was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817, into a family of uppity Unitarian abolitionists. After attending Harvard, he worked as a schoolteacher for a few years. Later, he lived with Ralph Waldo Emerson, serving as a tutor, handyman, and editorial assistant. Emerson took him under his wing, and encouraged his literary efforts. Emerson owned land on Walden Pond, and he allowed the young man to build a cabin there. Living by the pond led to experiences that inspired Thoreau’s classic, Walden.

Thoreau built the cabin at age 27, and moved out at 30. His thinking was not yet set in concrete, and it wandered to many regions in the world of ideas, tirelessly searching for eternal truth. He read the ancient classics in Greek and Latin, and discovered that enlightened philosophers preferred paths of voluntary simplicity. He adored Native Americans, because they thrived in wildness and enjoyed a simple life. He worshipped nature, and loved spending time outdoors.

Unfortunately, he was born during a diabolical hurricane of what is now called Sustainable Growth™. Concord was becoming discord, as the ancient forest was replaced with gristmills, sawmills, cotton mills, a lead pipe factory, and a steam powered metalworking shop. It was rare to stroll by Walden Pond in daytime and not hear whacking axes. Railroads were the latest fad for rich folks. Countless trees were hacked to death to provide millions of railroad ties. By 1850, just ten percent of the land around Concord was forest, and wild game was getting scarce.

Obviously, the residents of Concord were not philosophers aglow with timeless wisdom. They were also not wild folks who had lived in the same place for thousands of years without destroying it. These new people acted crazy! They were possessed, out of their minds, infected with the highly contagious status fever. They burned up their precious time on Earth in a furious struggle to appear as prosperous as possible — fancy houses, cool furniture, trendy clothes. If a monkey in Paris put on a traveler’s cap, then every monkey in America must do likewise.

Thoreau was not impressed. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” In 1845, he moved into his tiny new cabin. He hired a farmer to plow two and a half acres (1 ha), and then planted a bean field. Using a hoe to control the weeds proved to be far more challenging than his fantasy of humble simplicity. The net income for a summer of sweat and blisters was $8.12, far less than envisioned. He learned an important lesson, and this experiment was not repeated.

A low-budget life of simplicity required a low-budget diet. Thoreau’s meals majored in water and unleavened bread made from rye and corn meal. Over time, he lost interest in hunting and fishing. “I had rarely for many years used animal food, or tea, or coffee, etc.; not so much because of any ill effects which I had traced to them, as because they were not agreeable to my imagination.”

The second summer included a pilgrimage to Maine. He had a gnawing hunger for genuine wilderness that Concord could not satisfy. He also wanted to meet real live Indians, and be invigorated by their purity. Alas, Mount Katahdin was a rugged wilderness without trails, and the philosopher from Harvard was shocked by how difficult it was.

Big Mama Nature gave him a swift dope slap. In The Maine Woods he recorded her harsh words. “I have never made this soil for thy feet, this air for thy breathing, these rocks for thy neighbors. Why seek me where I have not called thee, and then complain because you find me but a stepmother?” This nasty wilderness “was a place for heathenism and superstitious rites — to be inhabited by men nearer of kin to the rocks and to wild animals than we.”

His experience with the Indians also disappointed him. After 200 years of colonization, their traditional culture had long been bludgeoned by smallpox, whiskey, missionaries, and civilization. “Met face to face, these Indians in their native woods looked like the sinister and slouching fellows whom you meet picking up strings and paper in the streets of a city. There is, in fact, a remarkable and unexpected resemblance between the degraded savage and the lowest classes of the great city. The one is no more a child of nature than the other.”

Sadly, Thoreau never experienced a community that was fully wild, free, and at one with the land. He returned to Walden, a tame and comfortable place, and buried some fantasies. He wasn’t at home in wilderness, and he wasn’t at home in civilization. Could he find peace somewhere in between? He soon packed up his stuff, left the cabin, and returned to the Emerson home. He had learned a lot from 26 months of solitude, but he was wary of getting stuck in a rut.

After eight years of work, and seven drafts, Walden was published in 1854. It caught the world’s attention, and he finally had a steady stream of income. Thoreau’s sister died of tuberculosis in 1849. His father died of tuberculosis in 1859. In 1862 it killed Henry, at the ripe old age of 44.

He had spent his life trying to find a beautiful, healthy, and ethical way of living. His education prepared him for a life in civilization instead, loading his mind with myths, hobbles, and blinders. Thoreau was well aware that his society was on a dead end path. Its citizens robotically submitted to the peer pressure of their culture. They could imagine no other way to live. The only thing they could change was their clothes. Consequently and tragically, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

His core message was “explore thyself” — question authority, question everything, every day. Never assume that you are crazy, and never assume that your society is normal and sane — it is not! Stay away from status fever, and the living dead that suffer from it. Go outdoors! Live simply! Live! Live! Live!

Thoreau’s world was deranged. But viewed from the twenty-first century, it looks far less crazy than our nightmare. He gathered chestnuts by the pond, a species that would later be wiped out by blight. The skies were often filled with passenger pigeons, now extinct. Millions of buffalo still thundered across the plains. He drank water directly from the pond. There were no cars or aircraft. Most folks moved by foot or horse. They did not live amidst hordes of strangers, they knew each other. None spent their lives inside climate-controlled compartments, staring at glowing screens.

Henry would have hated our world. His mission was to live as mindfully as possible. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book or bad book? 8 septembre 2012
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There are so many reviews, what more could I add? Why do some love and others hate this book? I think some people who secretly envy or at least understand Thoreau's experiment of leaving the shackles of society will love this book. Just the first pages you can see here on amazon when you click look inside, have some great thoughts that resonate with me. I truly loved this book including the section on civil disobedience.

I think your love or hate of this book will be determined by the type of person you are, no judgement on either type (diversity makes life interesting) from me, just an observation. The people who loved it are just as right as the ones who hated it.

There are parts where it can ramble some and those are obviously harder to get through but well worth it in my opinion.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A peaceful book with important principles. 21 janvier 2014
Par Edward Sturm - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Self generating happiness.
Self confidence.
Hard work.
Unapologetically living how you want to live at your own costs and not others'.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A most satisfying classic 21 novembre 2013
Par Wendy Keller - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My house burned down and while we were still living in a hotel, I bought this book in hardcover because it has always spoken to my soul. His experiment in nature is evocative and inspiring. But hardcover isn't very portable, so I replaced it with this Kindle edition and every time I read even a few pages I am reminded how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One Of The Greatest Books Ever Written 25 juin 2013
Par Diego 454 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is one of the few books I have read multiple times. One of the few books you will read that will change your view of the world.
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