Summary

In the early spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built and lived in a cabin near the shore of Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. For the next two years, he enacted his own Transcendentalist experiment, living a simple life based on self-reliance, individualism, and harmony with nature. The journal he kept at that time evolved into his masterwork, Walden, an eloquent expression of a uniquely American philosophy. During the same period, Thoreau endured a one-day imprisonment for his refusal to pay a poll tax, an act of protest against the government for supporting the Mexican War, to which he was morally opposed. In his essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience," Thoreau defends the principles of such nonviolent protest, setting an example that has influenced such figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and endures to this day.
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"Walden is a major philosophical statement on the American character....as readable and perhaps even more timely than when it was written." ( Masterpieces of World Literature)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 13-06-17

Two Classics Very Well Read

Another brilliant narration by Robin Field. He excels at American non-fiction works of the nineteenth century, and I must explore his range further.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jackie on 22-01-17

Exceptional Narration

The quality of the narration is excellent, particularly in tones and emotions imparted.
Some negatively comment on the slower pace of the reading.
I think the tempo is appropriate, if you are the type that require faster digestion of information then I would recommend some other topic entirely.

I will not review the author or the content, you know what you have searched for.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rtsquirrel on 21-02-17

Better Than I Remember

I first read (forcibly) these books as a sophomore in high school, and enjoyed it as much as a tooth extraction sans novacaine.
My return to these works is spawned by a curiosity of what I failed to grasp in my youth. Grateful for that curiosity, am I.
Thoreau was a brilliant observer of human kind and its behaviors, as well as a student of great minds. His words would be well referenced in today's political storm, both by our leaders and those abroad.
Robin Field delivers these words in a manner that I often thought Thoreau was reading to me, his own works. I occasionally wondered at the pronunciations of words, considering that when this was written, perhaps those words were newly contrived in the world which Thoreau resided.
I truly enjoyed these books.

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