I finally finished Walden. It took me awhile. With the 19th century addiction to ginormous sentences and 2 page paragraphs, it wasn't a super easy read. I was afraid I'd miss something if I read too fast.
Walden is essentially an essay on a social experiment. Thoreau, disenchanted with the materialism of the day, decided to remove himself from 'mainstream' society and live a simpler, more contemplative life in a handbuilt cabin in the woods by Walden Pond... and journal it. Those journals became the magnum opus for Thoreau - Walden.
Not a preachy book about overspending and shallow pursuits... wait.. yes, it sort of is! But so beautifully done that it doesn't feel like it... it feels less like you are being preached to than cheered on. Which makes it seem somewhat attainable even in this century to take some his lessons and advice to heart on simple living and make it work even today.
But Thoreau was also a lay naturalist, geologist, zoologist, botanist and his quaint and appealing descriptions of the wood and the pond are what makes this an indelible classic!! Almost makes me want to go camping!
One thing I'm not sure I ever worked out was Thoreau's theology - or lack there of. While making plenty of references to God, I got the impression he wasn't over-enthused with Religion.
There were so many quotes in this book that would make perfect wall stencils!! I have to write a paper on this work and there are so many wonderful concepts to touch on, I'll never figure out how to keep it at 3 pages!! :)
Combining this review with Follow Friday at Parajunkee's View :) Thanks for hosting!