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


This was one of my formative books. It is a glimpse into American thought and life from an early American philosopher. It reminds me of my youth.


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


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


While Thoreau can seem a bit pretentious about his successes 'living off the grid', this is a great book to remove oneself from the excesses of contemporary life. For example, on the topic of fashionable, but impractical clothing... "yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. [...] I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes." This book reveals how a simpler life is in fact richer in quality than a life filled with irrational social obligations, meaningless excess in material possessions, and soul-deprecating work. The arguments made are so incredibly refreshing, rational, and timeless as to inspire a more sensible, free lifestyle.

Anna Mcallister

This book is like soul-candy. Is that a creepy phrase? I could read this book again and again.


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?


I was able to see the importance of Walden at the time to Thoreau. His natural setting really helped bring out the themes he wanted to explain in this book: the importance of self-reliance, the value of simplicity, and the illusion of progress. He also uses some motifs that were very interesting: the seasonal cycle, poetry, ad imaginary people. I felt that taking the time to read this book helped me understand transcendentalism.


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 go back to this book often, expecially when I feel like I'm "walking to the beat of my own drum" and nobody gets me. It always feels fresh to me and I love his way with the turn of a phrase. My favourite quote is, "If you ahve built your castles in the air, that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."


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


What an incredible work of fiction. The content is thought-provoking, and the writing itself is spectacular. Finely executed, with numerable striking passages.


I was a trooper and read it. Good for culture and deep-thinking, but not a page-turner.

Susan Clark-cook

This was one of several books that really shaped my thinking as a young girl. I loved it. Read it over and over quoted it whenever I could. (blushing-I still do) So it was a real pleasure to revisit. Still has some of the most potent advice/thinking I have ever come across.


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.


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

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