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THOREAU, H.D.: Walden (Abridged)


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THOREAU, H.D.: Walden (Abridged)

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the town for the country. Beside the lake of Walden, he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect—while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged one of the great classics of American literature, a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that he saw as the main impulses of mid-nineteenth-century America.

Disc 1

1.   Economy 00:07:07
2.   'The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation' 00:03:45
3.   'I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.' 00:06:59
4.   'Not long since, a strolling Indian went to sell baskets... ' 00:01:31
5.   'My purpose in going to Walden Pond... ' 00:03:25
6.   'As for a Shelter, man did not live long on earth... ' 00:06:53
7.   'The farmer is endeavouring to solve the problem of a livelihood... ' 00:02:14
8.   'Most men appear never to have considered what a house is... ' 00:03:09
9.   'Near the end of March 1845, I borrowed an axe and went down to the woods... ' 00:10:24
10.   'I have thus a tight shingled and plastered house... ' 00:08:19
11.   'By surveying, carpentry and day - labour... ' 00:02:26
12.   'I have learned from my two years' experience... ' 00:04:04
13.   'My furniture, part of which I made myself... ' 00:04:05
14.   'For more than five years I maintained myself thus... ' 00:04:51
15.   'But all this is very selfish, I have heard some of my townsmen say,' 00:09:05

Disc 2

1.   Where I lived and what I lived for 00:05:36
2.   'When I first took up my abode in the woods... ' 00:04:05
3.   'Every morning I got up early and bathed in the pond... ' 00:04:43
4.   'Hardly a man takes a half - hour's nap after dinner... ' 00:06:14
5.   Reading 00:08:14
6.   Sounds 00:06:31
7.   'The Fitchburg Railroad touches the post about a hundred rods south of where I dwell.' 00:05:54
8.   'Now that the cars are gone by and all the restless world with them..' 00:05:34
9.   Solitude 00:09:46
10.   Visitors 00:02:40
11.   'Who should come to my lodge this morning but a true Homeric man... ' 00:04:53
12.   'Many a traveller came out of his way to see me... ' 00:05:11
13.   The Bean - Field 00:09:56

Disc 3

1.   The Village 00:05:50
2.   The Ponds 00:07:35
3.   'In summer, Walden never becomes so warm as most water which is exposed to the sun..' 00:06:30
4.   'The skaters and water - bugs finally disappear in the latter part of October..' 00:05:30
5.   I have said that Walden has no visible inlet nor outlet... ' 00:07:21
6.   Baker Farm 00:06:23
7.   Higher Laws 00:05:24
8.   'I have found repeatedly, of late years, that I cannot fish without failing a little. ..' 00:10:21
9.   Brute Neighbours 00:05:27
10.   'I was witness to events of a less peaceful character.' 00:03:39
11.   'Once I was surprised to see a cat walking along the stony shore of the pond..' 00:05:23
12.   'House - Warming 00:06:53

Disc 4

1.   'The pond had in the meanwhile skimmed over in the shadiest and shallowest coves..' 00:10:06
2.   Former inhabitants; and winter visitors 00:06:52
3.   'At this season I seldom had a visitor.' 00:05:47
4.   Winter Animals 00:04:52
5.   'When the ground was not yet quite covered yet..' 00:05:40
6.   The Pond in Winter 00:08:53
7.   'In the winter of '46 - 7, a hundred Irishmen with Yankee overseers..' 00:03:48
8.   Spring 00:06:28
9.   'What is man but a mass of thawing clay' 00:05:30
10.   'A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades 00:05:19
11.   Conclusion 00:15:23

Total Playing Time: 05:12:28

Thoreau, Henry David

Hope, William

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Philosophy

Catalogue No: NA423212

Barcode: 9789626342329

Physical Release: 06/2001

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