Walden - Henry David Thoreau


By Henry David Thoreau

  • Release Date: 1862-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 4
From 521 Ratings


It details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond. Walden is neither a novel nor a true autobiography, but a social critique of the Western World, with each chapter heralding some aspect of humanity that needed to be either renounced or praised. Along with his critique of the civilized world, Thoreau examines other issues afflicting man in society, ranging from economy and reading to solitude and higher laws. He also takes time to talk about the experience at Walden Pond itself, commenting on the animals and the way people treated him for living there, using those experiences to bring out his philosophical positions.


  • Calming

    By danielkanch9
    It is very much something that I enjoyed.
  • Horrible

    By Cyber_Grunt
    Horrible horrible horrible
  • Yikesville

    By JordanDavidX
    I wanted to love it. Transcendentalism sounds like a beautiful and peaceful idea. HDT is a self proclaimed philosopher, and I wanted him to draw insights about day to day experiences around Walden. This happens in the first chapter, but dies out as he goes into trivial tirades and mundane descriptions of his surroundings. The last 3/5 of the book I found incredibly hard to read. Not well organized. I imagine this book will find its best use after the nuclear fallout when kids think a pond and trees are fairy tales. For me however, I can make a fair bit of these notes from stepping outside instead of reading this book. Give it a try but keep expectations low
  • Read some place quiet

    By GoneWorkin
    Got to really turn off all distractions to follow this book, but once you submerse yourself in it it is a very good read and amazing how we are still facing so many of the same problems today as we were in 1850.
  • 😒

    By アフィヤ
    I love to read but honestly, Thoreau is majorly overrated. I'm only reading it because the outdated American education system demands me to.
  • Not an easy read

    By Droceankiddd
    This isn't an easy read, but it's not friggin fight club. It's a classic, and a challenge, and it's worth it.
  • Worst book I've read

    By Steelerfan102030
    I completely agree with Donald and BunnieKiller. I love books and I enjoy reading things most people don't. But this book was the worst book I have ever read.
  • GARBAGE!!!!!!

    By Bunniekiller230
    If this review let you put zero stars .........I would. I had to read this book for school and it was the worst book I ever read.
  • Wow

    By Supercalifragamegan
    I had to read an excerpt for ap course work and I loved it so I had to get the book!
  • Wow

    By Tytytytytytyy
    What is this book abuot