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)
Thoreau's eloquence and style keeps you engaged throughout the majority of the book. The other times, you are a bit confused.
The narrator was okay. He had an accent that is reminiscent of the days of Thoreau himself, and thus adds character to the first person account.
There are a multitude of quotes one might pull out of this book. It is just rife with one-liners.
"ya' can't get here from there..."
This is a book that should be listened too. The narrator pace however is quite slow and I was able to listen to the audio on double speed and still have a firm grasp on the words. The irony of it all is that Walden is about slowing down, being still and using basic resources. Yea, still not giving up my ipod!
"Outstanding Reading of a Classic"
I really felt as if it was being spoken by Thoreau himself. The cadence of the reading is oddly soothing, as Thoreau walks us through his daily life at Walden Pond. Listening to his essay on Civil Disobedience was an easy way to approach this classic, and I found it inspirational and ironically relevant to our current political climate.
What is voluntary is ethical and moral. what s involuntary is unethical and immoral. All government is mob rule.
"Ramblings of a Grouchy Old Man"
My title says it all. I like the idea of solitude but found Thoreau to be grouchy and preachy.. I did enjoy the essay at the end.
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