Now that my life is reaching the point of launching into my retirement in the country, building my own house and living as simply as possible, I thought it might be an appropriate read.
Walden is pretty much as you might expect from an 1800s poet. He’s quite the windbag. It’s an interesting story however drawn out it may be. There are a lot of great observation on mankind in general and the struggle of life. It’s good stuff if you can decode it.
It’s often the worst problem with poets that they can’t just come out and say something. It always has to be encoded in extra words as to almost make what they are saying imperceptible to the regular man. I’m neither a fan of poetry nor over description. I want it told like it is.
I made it about 3/4 of the way through this book before being overcome. I think it is best read by skimming and ignoring the boring. You get the point. Sometimes you just have to fast forward.
Overall, the book is a great read. Especially if you have a lot of spare time on your hands. Something that might be possible if you actually moved out into the woods far from regular society. Kind of ironic.
If you weren’t forced to read this in school, maybe you will like it now.