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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone (June 16 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062511130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062511133
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,416,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A meandering ode to the simple act and accomplished art of taking a walk. Profound and humorous, companionable and curmudgeonly. Walking, by America's first nature writer, is your personal and portable guide to the activity that, like no other, awakens the senses and soul to the 'absolute freedom and wildness' of nature.
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About the Author

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an essayist, poet, philosopher, and anti-slavery activist. Among his other notable books are A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Civil Disobedience. He died of tuberculosis and he is buried in his family's plot near the graves of his friends Hawthorne, Alcott, Emerson, and Channing on Author's Ridge in Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a free and culture merely civil-to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hikingShoe on Sept. 22 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading about Henry David Thoreau in my high school literature book. He writes about his love of nature and tries to show others how to enjoy it. This book brings out the beauty of all the surroundings that many people pass by every day. It also encouraged me to get out and live up my ocasional stroll around the neighborhood. I took this book to school and it even helped relieve me a little stress. I recommend this book to all nature lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Réal 2 on June 11 2011
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J'ai acheté ce livre parce que j'avais acheté "Walden; or Life in the woods" que j'avais bien aimé. Je me sens une relation aprticulière avec Henry Walden et j'aurais aimé l'avoir comme ami.
Bien que ce deuxième livre "Walking" soit intéressant quant à son amour de la nature, je demeure sur ma faim.
De plus, je reproche l'introduction faite par R.W.Emerson parce que beaucoup trop longue, 34 pages d'intro sur 97, c'est énorme et ne laisse pas l'homme parler suffisamment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sullivan TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2013
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I often enjoy walking in an urban setting, and hiking in the back country. Thoreau `s essay on walking, initially appealed to my similar interest in the subject.

I ended up not particularly enjoying his writing or his outlooks. To start off with, he claims to spend at least four hours a day hiking in the wilderness. Well who can relate to that sort of schedule? His opinions also reflect a man, that has nothing to do with the practical world. In fact, he views the working world as some sort of evil practice, that should be avoided. Well that would be just wonderful, if everyone could spend all their days walking through the woods.

Perhaps my timing was a little off. I read this, in the middle of all the Christmas holiday stress. I found most of Thoreau`s insights to be rather annoying. A re-read at some point in the future, may yield better results.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13 1999
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It is a perfect little book to carry with you for inspiration. It makes me want to take a walk... and the beautiful thing about this book is that it allows me to take a walk in my mind without ever leaving my office or room. I have and will continue to read it over and over.
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In defense of wilderness Jan. 10 2005
By Gary Sprandel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
More than any book, this argues for experiencing nature and preserving wilderness. Thoreau himself saw that fewer passenger pigeons were visiting and even then was aware of threats. Though first spoken in lectures on 1851, and 1856-1857, and published in June 1862 Atlantic Monthly, a month after his death, it still speak to us in the 21st century. For example ".. what would become of us, if we walked only in a garden or a mall?", . "In wilderness is the preservation of the world." , "To preserve wild animals implies generally the creation of a forest for them to dwell in or resort to. So it is with man". So lace up your shoes, grab your binoculars, and go for a walk and join the tribe of squirrels!
73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
It Takes You To Another Place Sept. 22 2000
By hikingShoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after reading about Henry David Thoreau in my high school literature book. He writes about his love of nature and tries to show others how to enjoy it. This book brings out the beauty of all the surroundings that many people pass by every day. It also encouraged me to get out and live up my ocasional stroll around the neighborhood. I took this book to school and it even helped relieve me a little stress. I recommend this book to all nature lovers.
63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
It helped to open my eyes to the world around me! March 13 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is a perfect little book to carry with you for inspiration. It makes me want to take a walk... and the beautiful thing about this book is that it allows me to take a walk in my mind without ever leaving my office or room. I have and will continue to read it over and over.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Still Relevant Feb. 4 2008
By Gregg Perez - Published on Amazon.com
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The words of Thoreau are familiar to all those who have experienced life in the woods. His philosophies and observations are just as relevant today as they were when he first wrote them. In more eloquent words Thoreau explains how In the woods and wild places we find fuel for the soul. Without them we become stagnant in physicality and mentality. I recommend this book to anyone interested in conservation.
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The appreciation of nature April 18 2008
By Eugenia - Published on Amazon.com
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Short little essay by Henry David Thoreau about nature. Writer teaches us that simple walking can awake awareness about animals, trees and flowers around us. It is meditation on connection between wildlife and men, development of civilization from nurture thru nature and men's appreciation of the world outside of human villages and societies. It is amazing to read this piece that was created by a writer who died in 1862. With environmentalist movement of today, it is refreshing to find a piece by one of the early nature writers that teaches us to appreciate world we are born into. Thoreau teaches us to surrender to the world that has been in existance long before humans came to occupy it. While he is aware of limited ability of older men to sustain themselves in wilderness, to him it is incomprehensible how women can live in confinement of the domestic life. I became interested in this writer after watching the film "Into the Wild", Now that I read this little piece, I understand how someone young and impressionable can fall under the spell of Thoreau's words about nature and the beauty of it, especially on the west side of the hemisphere.


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