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Walden Paperback – October 25, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 196 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1505297729
- ISBN-13 : 978-1505297720
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Ludwig Combrinck on August 10, 2016
I understood the meaning...I found the book very educational and interesting, especially when it comes to living simply and understanding your environment. Being creative and adaptive is one of the keys to survival and Walden exposes this process quite well.
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Regrettably, I found it harder to read Walden than any of the other hundreds of books read before it. I have given the book two stars as opposed to one because there are occasions through Walden in which the reader is gifted with beautiful insight into Thoreau's isolated, naturalist existence on the outskirts of society. I have also been lenient on appreciating that, whilst the writing style is challenging, it comes from a different time before writing became so widespread and accessible.
Regardless, Thoreau writes too poetically and abstractly in Walden to allow the reader much enjoyment. His, in my opinion, overuse of metaphors, irony, oxymorons and overly-complicated sentence structures makes the endeavour of reading this book feel similar to wading through thick, smelly mud.
I have no doubt that Walden will be more revered in America, where self-reliance and outdoorsmanship make up a more significant portion of the Country's sense of self, but personally, I cannot help but feel this book has become over-hyped and aggrandized over time.
A classic worth reading.......... proving that a simplified life is worth living.