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Wild Apples

Henry David Thoreau

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ey will be collected in golden and ruddy heaps in the orchards and about the cider-mills.

[5] The Roman goddess of fruit and fruit-trees.

A week or two later, as you are going by orchards or gardens, especially in the evenings, you pass through a little region possessed by the fragrance of ripe apples, and thus enjoy them without price, and without robbing anybody.

There is thus about all natural products a certain volatile and ethereal quality which represents their highest value, and which cannot be vulgarized, or bought and sold. No mortal has ever enjoyed the perfect flavor of any fruit, and only the godlike among men begin to taste its ambrosial qualities. For nectar and ambrosia are only those fine flavors of every earthly fruit which our coarse palates fail to perceive,—just as we occupy the heaven of the gods without knowing it. When I see a particularly mean man carrying a load of fair and fragrant e. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wild Apples - It gave me warm thoughts of Autumn, desire to explore the woodland of New England and have Vermont apple cider from the Tunbridge Fair freshly pressed touch my lips.

Sevdiğim elmaları benden daha çok sevip bu kadar detaylı anlatması hoşuma gitti yazarın. :)
Şimdi mutfağa yollanıp, masadaki kasede beni bekleyen yeşil ve kırmızı elmalarımı kitaptaki altı çizili cümleleri düşünerek afiyetle yiyeceğim :p

"O, sonbahar yapraklarını boyarken yanlışlıkla fırçasından renkl

Maravilloso Thoreau

Henry David wrote this at the end of his short life because he mentions the year 1861 as the first time he saw crab apple. He extols apples--“the noblest of fruits”--particularly wild apples over the cultivated. We have the History of the Apples, The Wild Apple, The Crab, How the Wild Apple Grows, T

This very short work by Thoreau is sheer poetry to read. He explores the role of wild apples within history and culture, often citing the classics. It's highly readable--more so than many 19th century works--and a pure sensory delight. Honestly, it made me hungry for apples.

"The out-door air and exe

Feeling strongly enough about something like apples to write an entire essay about them boggles my mind. This was delightful, though.

Some Favorite Quotes:

There is thus about all natural products a certain volatile and ethereal quality which represents their highest value, and which cannot be vul

Decidí que era buen momento para leerlo ahora que tengo manzanos en casa. Como todo texto de Thoreau, resulta agradable y edificante. Además de unos cuantos datos curiosos sobre el árbol y su fruto, en este pequeño ensayo encontramos la esencia del pensamiento del escritor norteamericano.

This Kindle edition handles footnotes in an odd way, no doubt due to the digitization of the work. It's readable and acceptable once one realizes what is happening.

Now, about the apples! Strange to say, this short-ish work IS, in fact, all about apples and apple trees. It comes to mind after only a

I am preparing myself to read Walden. So before that I chose this short writing piece of Henry David Thoreau to know about his writing. This short book speaks about apples...History of Apple tree, how wild apples grow, the fruit and it's flavor, their beauty, naming them.. etc.

After the first paragr

Thanks to my West Texas High School American Literature teacher, I've been a fan of Henry David Thoreau for 40 years. Wild Apples is one book that I have not had a chance to read until this point in life. It is quite different and gives the reader an insight into the history and variations of the ap

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