A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Henry David Thoreau

John Lescault (Narrator)

06-01-01

13hrs 11min

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06-01-01

13hrs 11min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Travel

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“It’s a special pleasure to have this lovely and idiosyncratic book available in audio format…The reading by Patrick Cullen is fine.” AudioFile

In 1839, two years after graduating from Harvard, Henry David Thoreau and his older brother, John, took a boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John’s sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion during his stay at Walden Pond. Modern readers have come to see Thoreau’s story of the river journey as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.

“Just as the current of the stream bears along the boat with Thoreau and his brother, so the current of ideas in his mind bears along the reader by evoking the joy and nostalgia that Thoreau feels for those lost, golden days. As Thoreau says, human life is very much like a river running always downward to the sea, and in this book we enter for a moment the flow of Thoreau’s unique existence.”—Masterplots

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“It’s a special pleasure to have this lovely and idiosyncratic book available in audio format…The reading by Patrick Cullen is fine.” AudioFile

“Cullen maintains a mild, professional tone, appropriate to Thoreau’s contemplations…Much of what [Thoreau] has to say still rings true in our century, and his deep sense of time and nature transcends the ages.” Kliatt

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Language English
Release Day May 31, 2001
Release Date June 1, 2001
Release Date Machine 991353600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, World Literature, Travel & Tourism, North America, Most Popular, Most Popular, Nonfiction - Adult, Nonfiction - All
Author Bio
Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American essayist, naturalist, philosopher, and poet. Born at Concord, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, he began his career as a teacher. Through his older friend and neighbor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, he became a part of the Transcendentalist circle and one of that group’s most eloquent spokespersons. He is best known for his book Walden and his essay “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” 

Narrator Bio
John Lescault

John Lescault, a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.

Overview

In 1839, two years after graduating from Harvard, Henry David Thoreau and his older brother, John, took a boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John’s sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion during his stay at Walden Pond. Modern readers have come to see Thoreau’s story of the river journey as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.

“Just as the current of the stream bears along the boat with Thoreau and his brother, so the current of ideas in his mind bears along the reader by evoking the joy and nostalgia that Thoreau feels for those lost, golden days. As Thoreau says, human life is very much like a river running always downward to the sea, and in this book we enter for a moment the flow of Thoreau’s unique existence.”—Masterplots

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