Walden: And On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

 
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First published in 1854, Walden is a manifesto of individualism, self-discovery and awareness and a criticism against a society that forces all men to follow the same drummer, tuned to the capitalist values that Thoreau had stopped to recognize has his own. As the world lives an unprecedented crisis of values and perspectives, Walden stands as an early and yet still actual search for the ultimate goal that man should pursue.

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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his pencil-manufacturing business and began building a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. This lyrical yet practical-minded book is at once a record of the 26 months Thoreau spent in withdrawal from society -- an account of the daily minutiae of building, planting, hunting, cooking, and, always, observing nature -- and a declaration of independence from the oppressive mores of the world he left behind. Elegant, witty, and quietly searching, Walden remains the most persuasive American argument for simplicity of life clarity of conscience.

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