Years ago my book club dabbled in the words of Henry David Thoreau’s within the pages of Walden. What a treat it was to have an opportunity to experience him here in this book, Thumbing Through Thoreau.
On July 4, 1835, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; “The mass of men,” he famously wrote,”lead lives of quite desperation.” Yet the scope of Thoreau’s message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbound potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American Society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau’s message is needed more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.
If you enjoy quotations , poetic words for thought, this book is worth your time. Created from Thoreau’s journals and various writings, all placed into one book. We all know Thoreau’s work even if we did not know it was his. These quotes have stood the test of time and you will still find throughout modern literature today.
Reading through this book was a refresher course in Thoreau. I enjoyed reviewing my memories of quotes from Walden and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this as I am not a big poetry style reader.
This is a lovely gift book, or a coffee table book. Its one that you will want to pull from the shelf again and again.
Book Journey has updated the 2010 Reading map to include Thumbing Through Thoreau
I received my review copy from Tribute Books