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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Henry David Thoreau

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. . .Joseph Wolff, the missionary, distributed copies of Robinson Crusoe, translated into Arabic, among the Arabs, and they made a great sensation. "Robinson Crusoe's adventures and wisdom," says he, "were read by Mahometans in the market-places of Sanaa, Hodyeda, and Loheya, and admired and believed!" On reading the book, the Arabians exclaimed, "O, that Robinson Crusoe must have been a great prophet!"

To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. Either time or rare wisdom writes it. Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years. The poet is he who can write some pure mythology to-day without the aid of posterity. In how few words, for instance, the Greeks would have told the story of Abelard and Heloise, making but a sentence for our classic. . . Read More

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Best book ever written, not the easiest to read but poetically intoxicating.

I realized that I'm not rereading Walden, but that I'm always reading Walden.

(The collection gets a 4, Walden is an undisputed 5 star masterpiece).

I was fortunate to take a trip to Massachusetts and to Walden Pond a couple of months ago and it was a heart melting experience. It also greatly enhanced my first reading of Walden here.

I didn't get to "Walden" even as an English

Quite possibly the most referenced and important piece of literature I’ve read. These works crafted the man I am and the man I aspire to be.

What drew me to this book was my love of the stories about life on the Atlantic coast of America. My readings on this subject have included: The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present & Future of a National Treasure; A History of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal; Landfall along the Chesapeake: In the Wake o

Thoreau In The Library Of America

While reading the four books of Henry David Thoreau (1817 -- 1862) included in this volume, I was reminded of the piano sonata no. 2, the "Concord" sonata by the American composer Charles Ives (1874 -- 1954) and decided to listen to it again to complement my reading.

Not for every one. You either like this dry stuff or you don't. For me - twas a given since I like all of HDT writings.

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