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Walden is a collection of observations, in journal form, of the time Henry David Thoreau spent living in isolation on the edge of Walden Pond.  It's a small body of water located just outside of Concord, Massachusetts.

Place is important to the meaning of the writing, as it is a series of reflections on a life spent in  contemplation and simplicity.  As a Transcendentalist, Thoreau spent his time at Walden Pond reflecting on nature and the negative effects of a commercial, hectic world which glorified the accumulation of things and wealth rather than the ideas and philosophies and thinking which matter much more and will live much longer than any things.  He writes of the everyday happenings around him, such as two armies of ants doing battle or the look of the pond in winter.  Thoreau also promotes his thriftiness and his nearly meatless  lifestyle, among other things, as being closer to the true nature of man's existence compared to the wastefulness and greed of the modern world. ...

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