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Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau compiled by: Kenny Luck illustrated by: Jay Luke and Ren Adams

August 25, 2010 3 comments

Illustration of Walden PondSummary:
This nonfiction work is a collection of Thoreau quotes.  The quotes are divided into sections: society and government, spirituality and nature, and love.  Each page features one quote printed in an artistic font and a black and white illustration of some element of nature.

Review:
This is one of those coffee table books that most people will know right away whether it’s up their alley or not, and there honestly isn’t that much to say about it in a review.  If you really enjoy Thoreau, then an illustrated book of his quotes will probably be something you’ll like.  However, personally, much as I like Thoreau, the illustrations don’t particularly strike my fancy, so I feel that this book fails to impress.  That may be partly due to the fact that I’m a local and have been to Walden Pond multiple times myself, and I find that black and white line drawings tend to, in general, fail to live up to photography of nature.  Art is definitely relative though, so you might quite enjoy the illustrations.  You can check out galleries of sample illustrations here and here and decide for yourself.

Overall, I’d recommend a print copy of this book to fans of Thoreau who also enjoy the illustrations.  It’s not for me, but I’m sure it will strike the fancy of some people quite well.

3 out of 5 stars

Source: free eBook from the publisher, Tribute Books

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