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The Maine Woods

Henry David Thoreau

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. . . and coolness with which they performed this feat, never speaking to each other. The bowman, not looking behind, but knowing exactly what the other is about, works as if he worked alone. Now sounding in vain for a bottom in fifteen feet of water, while the boat falls back several rods, held straight only with the greatest skill and exertion; or, while the sternman obstinately holds his ground, like a turtle, the bowman springs from side to side with wonderful suppleness and dexterity, scanning the rapids and the rocks with a thousand eyes; and now, having got a bite at last, with a lusty shove, which makes his pole bend and quiver, and the whole boat tremble, he gains a few feet upon the river. To add to the danger, the poles are liable at any time to be caught between the rocks, and wrenched out of their hands, leaving them at the mercy of the rapids,—the rocks, as it were, lying in wait, like so many alligators, to catch them in their teeth, and jerk them fro. . . Read More

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Having read all of Thoreau over the years, not rushing, I can say that The Maine Woods is my favorite, along with parts--the funny and the elegiac parts--of Cape Cod. Certainly not Walden, a young man's elevated philosophizing, essentially sophomoric in the best sense. Parts of the Journals, yes, ve

It's a magnificent journey into the Maine woods. His descriptions of the areas he traveled, the economies & lifestyle were very interesting. The only thing that detracted from this is my dislike of him. He continually borrows what he can't afford with little thought - seems like he feels it is his d

Thoreau goes on some trips in Maine. I wanted to feel close to nature when reading this book - but actually, I felt sad that Thoreau didn't seem to have much connection with the other people around him. Good book if you want a glimpse of that time in history and some good naturalist's listings. Good

Its Thoreau. C'mon.

With Thoreau In The Maine Woods

In 1848, 1853,and 1857, Henry David Thoreau travelled to the wilderness -- forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the northwest part of Maine. He wrote three lengthy essays describing each of his journeys, and they were gathered together, as Thoreau had wished, and p

I read "The Maine Woods" while I was in the Maine woods. The key differences being things like Deep Woods Off!, Adirondack chairs, and cocktails while waiting for dinner in the main lodge.

What is this book? - The Maine Woods is a spliced together, montage of three different canoe/hiking trips that Thoreau and various others took during the 1850s. These expeditions were entirely inland, through vast forests that scant white men had yet seen. From what I have read, editing this collect

I started reading this when we climbed Mount Katahdin this summer, and as a travelogue, I found it fascinating. Despite growing up in Maine, I don't know much about it during that time period, and reading about how unsettled some of these now-familiar places were is intriguing.

However, I don't know

I decided to go ahead and mark this as read, even though I only actually read the "Katahdin" piece. This lives on my phone...I bought this whole Thoreau e-book collection for like a buck on Amazon, and so whenever I am in a place where I am bored but have no data and no other books to read (like a p

As a child, I vacationed on the lakes of Maine. I spent fours years there in college. I skied Sugarloaf and Squaw Mountain, the latter once with a wind chill of 28 below zero. In my youth I climbed Mt. Katahdin. I have caught-and-released salmon in Moosehead Lake in the shadow of Mt. Kineo. And trav

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