~Henry David Thoreau
"A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do." An excerpt from Clothes.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." An excerpt from Shelter.
These are examples of why I enjoy reading Thoreau's writing. One of my favorite styles and skills of his writing is his ability to contrast examples from his personal experiences with his experiences of observing civilization. When thoughtfully reading his writing, I am always able to contrast his thoughts with examples in my life today. It is what makes his reading relatable.
Another aspect of Thoreau's writing which I enjoy is the wording he uses at some points in his writing like; "answer me these questions." This is something that keeps me entertained as a reader, because it makes his sentences sound robust and meaningful as opposed boring and dull.
There is one criticism I have when reading Thoreau, which is his constant jeer towards civilization. Although I commend him for stating his thoughts and speaking from the heart, there are some instances where his writing can become offensive.
Overall I have found myself enjoying Walden thus far, and I look forward to getting deeper into the book.