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

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).


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

Anna Mcallister

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


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.


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


Thoreau has a different mindset to life than how we live today. I haven't read this for some time; will need to re-visit this, but it is certainly worth the read and sure to be thought-provoking.


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?


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


Honestly, Thoreau's philosophies for the most part seem rather dumb and pretentious to me. I know he's famous and all, but I've never been that big on Transcendentalism to begin with, and it seems like Thoreau just took some of Emerson's ideas and ran away with them till they reached the point of being ridiculous. There is also a bit of hypocrisy involved. I mean, he's opposed to philanthropy because people can supposedly handle everything they need by themselves right? Then why does he borrow nearly everything he needs to live on his own from friends? I could point out a dozen other logical inconsistencies in his ideas, but for now I'll just say he annoys me and leave it at that.


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.


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


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


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...


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


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."

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