Thoughts from Walden Pond

ISBN: 0764906178
ISBN 13: 9780764906176
By: Henry David Thoreau Charles Gurche Dona Budd

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Henry David Thoreau (American, 1817 -- 1862) extracted himself from the routines of employment and civilized sociability to spend two years in the woods. Walden, Thoreau's book about his experience published in 1854, has become one of the most highly respected works in American literature.In Thoughts from Walden Pond, Charles Gurche's brilliant photographs from the diverse regions of America are paired with excerpts from Thoreau's masterpiece. The pictures with the text transport us to a state of heightened awareness and impart an almost cellular sense of the importance of wild places. Dona Budd's introductory essay offers an engrossing biography of Thoreau along with her insightful reflections on Walden.

Reader's Thoughts


Thoreau a genius, and I bet he was a fairly nice guy too. Although I'm guessing his personal hygiene left something to be desired, at least during his Walden Pond days...


I really didn't read it....I tried to read it. It was so boring. I now it's an old book, but why is it considered a classic?


Again, more beautiful nature poetry. Who wouldn't love Thoreau?


Thought provoking. At times it is good, at times it is rather boring.

Sara Manoll

Well written and still relevant chronology of thoughts & experiences but a trifle dull nonetheless.

Nicole L

It was slow at times, but it was really interesting to see all that he learned. I worked on applying it to now, and I think Thoreau discovered some eternal concepts. Even though it was a bit on the boring side, it was very informative and interesting to interpret.


Interesting story...especially after reading omnivore...What really gets me about both of these books is that they seem to be proponents of regression to pre-industrial society, and thats kind of a messed up thing to think about. Would we really be better off without the industrial revolution? Would our land be cleaner, our lives more contemplative, over population problems less prevalent? I dont know, but with this news of a universal Flu vaccine, over population is a real possibility.


Kind of wordy for my tastes. But I'm not the brightest, either.If you're going to trudge through something, this isn't a bad choice.

Stefanie B

Not what I expected- a manifesto. Took a while to catch on to the language- but worth reading. Loved the nature language, got tired of the self-righteous description of his way of life- I gotta chop my own wood too.


My all time favorite. I'm still looking for my pond.

Fe Machado

'What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.'


I'm about half-way through, but I'm going to give up. It's just not worth my time to slog through another classic I don't like. If you want to read pretentious journals from an archaic age, this book is for you. Otherwise, go read My Side of the Mountain or something fictitious and delicious that will make you care more about the world.


certainly was life-changing for me when a teen...

Keith Simmons

I liked this book not so much for the story, language, or even the enjoyment of reading it, but for the philosophy Thoreau expounds and the effect it has had on my life (I quit at least one job after the first 20 pages).


I cherished the fact this book defied all rules of English and has survived to become a classic.His experiences are a rare glimpse into experiences some people may never have.

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