Snippet: Montesinos on Thoreau

Toni Montesinos, El triunfo de los principios: cómo vivir con Thoreau [The triumph of principles: how to live with Thoreau], 2017, 552 p.

publisher’s summary:

Henry David Thoreau is often associated with civil disobedience, in a context of the fight against slavery and the war in a United States that was still in formation, and with the attraction that he felt for the life of the Native Americans. But the truth is that this observer of nature and of human behavior touched in his day all that which is important for us today. In Walden, but also in his other books, diaries and letters, he spoke from an autobiographic perspective on friendship, love, economics, education, politics, religion, social hypocrisy… Always settling on firm ideas and practicing austerity, trusting in his senses and intution, with the willingness to make his present something transcendental.

El triunfo de los principios is a biography of Thoreau and at the same time a tour through his reflections and experiences, a questioning of our actual life from that lived in the middle of the 19th century in a small village in Massachusetts, Concord, where also resided Emerson, Hawthorne and L.M. Alcott. The intelligence and beauty of his writings, in which stand out the ironic or convincing tone on his fellow citizens, his faith in self-confidence, in goodness as the best investment, in the elimination of self-imposed necessities, will suggest to us to understand, to say it with his words, the essence of life, and make of carpe diem, sincerity and simplicity a lighthouse of behavior and daily thinking.

Toni Montesinos (Barcelona, 1972) is a writer and literary critic.

The Wikipedia has got this article on Henry David Thoreau whose 200th birthday is on July 12, 2017.

SOURCE: Ariel (Planeta, publisher)

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