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ISBN: 0807098132

ISBN13: 9780807098134

Walden: With an Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben

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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 Bill McKibben gives us Thoreau's Walden as the gospel of the present moment, as a neccessary book because it is useful right now.--Robert Richardson, author of Henry Thoreau, A Life of the Mind and Emerson: The Mind on Fire "We need to understand that when Thoreau sat in the dooryard...

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Love Thoreau!

Henry David Thoreau's writings have always been a favorite of mine. His life in the woods shows us busy folks to slow down and take life easier. His philosophy lives on. I ordered the hard back version to keep. Great book!

Stunning edition!

I will not comment on Walden itself, because that is a matter whether you accept it to be a classic or not. My review is on the quality of this edition, which is superb. The book is a pleasure to hold--the paper is heavy and smooth, the print is sharp, and the award-winning illustrations are an added bonus. Unlike the other hardcover bindings out there, this is not an annotated version, so you get a pure uncluttered copy of the masterwork itself.

A Great American Spiritual Genius

Reading "Walden" changed my life forever. Thoreau is perhaps the greatest American spiritual genius ever. This book inspired me to write my first book, which took five years--that is how deeply inspired I was by "Walden". So many of today's spiritual gurus are lightweights compared to Thoreau. He offers up a highly original take on the spiritual wisdom of the ages, not the mind candy you often find in today's books. While I found it a challenging read, it was worth it. If you are in the market for a spiritual paradigm shift, read "Walden"--and re-read it if you first read it under the age of 25. The pictures only make this spiritual classic better.

The Map Back to Eden

After I crashed and burned in a college intro to philosophy course, I wanted to see if I could find a work by someone who was both a thinker and a writer.Thoreau, in his book Walden, proves himself to be it.Walden is the narrative of the author's two year stay at the aforementioned pond. He has decided to live life simply, and in a collection of loosely connected essays, he describes the people, animals, and the pond that make up his new home. If you haven't spent real time out in nature, you might think this book is ridiculous. But go into the woods, and stay there until boredom and longing for the city stops. Just then you'll realize the awe he felt when examining the ice bubbles and listening to vagabond squirells. Thoreau has rediscovered the patches of Eden that still exist in the world. And if we are open-minded enough to listen to his instructions, we can find our way back to them.Even if his insights into the idyllic perfection in nature fail to sway you to live more lightly in the world, Thoreau will open your eyes to the benefits of philosophy. He understands the man who marches to the beat of a different drummer, and shows through his clear, crisp text the results that thought and contemplation can hold for anyone.

The cheese stands alone (and in the woods)

This book screams simplicity! In this book, Henry David Thoreau takes an extended look beyond human nature and human habit. He brings forth a new and exciting view point on life and teaches how to live in happiness without the confusion of mechanical materials. I had to read this book for a 9th grade Language Arts assignment, and I had never heard of Walden or Thoreau before this project was assigned. When I completed this book, I felt very refreshed. It encouraged me to take a second look at my own life, and simply discard of the things which were causing complications or confusion. This book stretched past the limits and capacity of my mind as a 9th grade student. It forced me to think. Judging by the majority of my peers, I am convinced that anything that would force them to THINK harder, deserves 5 shining stars.

Walden; or, Life in the Woods Mentions in Our Blog

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • December 04, 2020

Our current circumstances have a lot of people talking about the Nordic tradition known as friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv). Translated as open air life, it is the idea of spending as much time outdoors as possible, no matter the weather. So get on out there!

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 31, 2020

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