Walden is exciting to read, especially in knowing that Thoreau wrote his books from the woods and from the place where I grew up and now attend school. This is why his words resonate so much with me. Not only is was he a genius of his day, but here, one of the most infamous writers ever, is describing in scrutinous detail many of places that I am fond of. From early on in the reading, it is evident that Thoreau's writing is powerful. It also bears somewhat of a complicated style, and word usage.
In the first chapter, Thoreau reflects on his life, and how he has chosen to live it. He also reflects on the flaws of mankind. Phrases like; "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," express his insightfulness into civilization. Thoreau was a genius of his time. It amazes me how much knowledge he was able to collect throughout his life. With absolutely no technology to help him make discoveries, he had to learn about everything himself. He was his own teacher, and his adventures were his classroom.
Thoreau's life would be an ideal one to live. Just a man all to himself. No one had to worry about him, and he did not have to worry about anyone else. I do not agree with all of his theories and points about society, but I admire the adventurer and philosopher in him, and his boldness to write about what he thought. Thoreau was not afraid to speak up for what he believed in. He immersed himself in nature, and his heart beated to his own drum. I believe this is what made his writing so brilliant and interesting.