The Maine Woods

The Maine Woods

Paperback - 1988
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"What a wilderness walk for a man to take alone!...Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature." -Henry David Thoreau

Over a period of three years, Thoreau made three trips to the largely unexplored woods of Maine. He climbed mountains, paddled a canoe by moonlight, and dined on cedar beer, hemlock tea and moose lips. Taking notes constantly, Thoreau was just as likely to turn his observant eye to the habits and languages of the Abnaki Indians or the arduous life of the logger as he was to the workings of nature. He acutely observed the rivers, lakes, mountains, wolves, moose, and stars in the dark sky. He also told of nights sitting by the campfire, and of meeting men who communicated with each other by writing on the trunks of trees. In The Maine Woods , Thoreau captured a wilder side of America and revealed his own adventurous spirit.


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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1988.
ISBN: 9780140170139
0140170138
Characteristics: xxxiii, 442 pages ;,20 cm.

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Feb 08, 2018

A phenomenal book! Although bibliophiles may dislike some of the unevenness, bosky prose, and sometimes ragged style, everyone will appreciate the unaffectedness of the book, like a friend's face with its moles and distinctive lines; the book grows on one as one proceeds in reading it. Although classified as a nature book, its better classed as a travel book. Descriptions of people, places, and episodes are great; reflections and mini-meditations naturally bloom in the text, some are moral insights that took philosophers over a hundred years to give due consideration to (especially those on pages 163-164). The appendices are fascinating in their own right: they include native's names for flora and fauna.

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