Walden Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Walden4 star

Interesting and a bit challenging.45


Calming5 star

It is very much something that I enjoyed.55


Horrible1 star

Horrible horrible horrible15


Yikesville3 star

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 low35


Read some place quiet4 star

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 1850.45


😒1 star

I love to read but honestly, Thoreau is majorly overrated. I'm only reading it because the outdated American education system demands me to.15


Not an easy read5 star

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.55


Worst book I've read1 star

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.15


GARBAGE!!!!!!5 star

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.55


Wow5 star

I had to read an excerpt for ap course work and I loved it so I had to get the book!55

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