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Henry D. Thoreau traveled to the backwoods of Maine in 1846, 1853, and 1857. Originally published in 1864, and published now with a new introduction by Paul Theroux, this volume is a powerful telling of those journeys through a rugged and largely unspoiled land. It presents Thoreau's fullest account of the wilderness.

The Maine Woods is classic Thoreau: a personal story of exterior and interior discoveries in a natural setting--all conveyed in taut, masterly prose. Thoreau's evocative renderings of the life of the primitive forest--its mountains, waterways, fauna, flora, and inhabitants--are timeless and valuable on their own. But his impassioned protest against the despoilment of nature in the name of commerce and sport, which even by the 1850s threatened to deprive Americans of the "tonic of wildness," makes The Maine Woods an especially vital book for our own time.

Published: Princeton University Press on May 13, 2010
ISBN: 9781400834136
List price: $21.95
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It's a magnificent journey into the Maine woods. His descriptions of the areas he traveled, the economies & lifestyle were very interesting. The only thing that detracted from this is my dislike of him. He continually borrows what he can't afford with little thought - seems like he feels it is his due. He judges others with an arrogance that is appalling & so offhand. He lacks any empathy towards others. He is fairly intelligent & knowledgeable, but his manner just puts me off.read more
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The book describes Thoreau's three trips to the Maine woods, lakes and mountains. What I especially like about this book, apart from Thoreau and nature, is that two Native American guides appear in the book and there is quite a lot about them, and also some other Native Americans, apart from the white people.read more
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It's a magnificent journey into the Maine woods. His descriptions of the areas he traveled, the economies & lifestyle were very interesting. The only thing that detracted from this is my dislike of him. He continually borrows what he can't afford with little thought - seems like he feels it is his due. He judges others with an arrogance that is appalling & so offhand. He lacks any empathy towards others. He is fairly intelligent & knowledgeable, but his manner just puts me off.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The book describes Thoreau's three trips to the Maine woods, lakes and mountains. What I especially like about this book, apart from Thoreau and nature, is that two Native American guides appear in the book and there is quite a lot about them, and also some other Native Americans, apart from the white people.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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