A Book Worth Understanding
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
A book is a lifetime of experiences put into words. In the section Economy of the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau explains his life experiences while living in solitude in a small cabin off the shore of Walden Pond. The way that he talks about these experiences though is in a way only achieved by deep thought and solitude. He explains many things about a mans normal life but with his own interpretation of each point. For example he says, “I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of.” (Thoreau) But he also tells the readers to read his book but interpret these things how ever they want. He is not forcing his way of thinking on anybody else. He also uses great sentence structure to get his points through with context and flow of reading. From what I have thus far read, Walden is a very interesting book with a way of describing experiences like none I have ever seen. But from this different writing style I have been able to single out two themes I find important: Open opinion and liveliness of writing.