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Cape Cod Based on several trips to the Cape and originally published as a series of articles, Henry David Thoreau s Cape Cod is a remarkable work that depicts the natural beauty of Cape Cod and the nature that surrounds it Thoreau, a consummate lover of the outdoors and nature is right at home in the Cape and he details his excitement of the area with naturalist portraits of the indigenous species and animals Any lover of nature or of Cape Cod in general will delight in this captivating depiction of the area in the early to mid s

  • Paperback
  • 116 pages
  • Cape Cod
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • English
  • 15 May 2017
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About the Author: Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau born David Henry Thoreau was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.Thoreau s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.In 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Massachusetts He graduated from Harvard University in 1837, taught briefly, then turned to writing and lecturing Becoming a Transcendentalist and good friend of Emerson, Thoreau lived the life of simplicity he advocated in his writings His two year experience in a hut in Walden, on land owned by Emerson, resulted in the classic, Walden Life in the Woods 1854 During his sojourn there, Thoreau refused to pay a poll tax in protest of slavery and the Mexican war, for which he was jailed overnight His activist convictions were expressed in the groundbreaking On the Duty of Civil Disobedience 1849 In a diary he noted his disapproval of attempts to convert the Algonquins from their own superstitions to new ones In a journal he noted dryly that it is appropriate for a church to be the ugliest building in a village, because it is the one in which human nature stoops to the lowest and is the most disgraced Cited by James A Haught in 2000 Years of Disbelief When Parker Pillsbury sought to talk about religion with Thoreau as he was dying from tuberculosis, Thoreau replied One world at a time Thoreau s philosophy of nonviolent resistance influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr D 1862.More



10 thoughts on “Cape Cod

  1. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This book is based on three trips that Thoreau took to Cape Cod in Oct 1849, June 1850 and July 1855 The second trip he took alone, the first and third with one companion He spent totally three weeks in Cape Cod He traveled the length of the peninsula along both the bay side and the Atlantic, across the peninsula and ended in Provincetown.The book was first published in 1865, compiled from essays in magazines There are lines of lyrical beauty to be found within the text However, for the mos This book is based on three trips that Thoreau took to Cape Cod in Oct 1849, June 1850 and July 1855 The second trip he took alone, the first and third with one companion He spent totally three weeks in Cape Cod He traveled the length of the peninsula along both the bay side and the Atlantic, across the peninsula and ended in Provincetown.The book was first published in 1865, compiled from essays in magazines There are lines of lyrical beauty to be found within the text However, for the most part, the prose is dry, albeit informative Numbers specifying the quantity of a given bird, fish or plant species, the exact length of a vessel or the exact distances between places and objects, often measured in rods, is rather tedious Scientific details about flora and fauna, historical information about the Cape s inhabitants, in the middle 1800s and in the past, as well as information concerning the Cape s discovery are the topics covered The writing does come alive occasionally when speaking of particular individuals whose acquaintance he enjoyed A lighthouse keeper is one example I came to the conclusion that Thoreau was out of his domain here on the windblown, stormy and often bare of vegetation landscape of the Cape He doesn t belong here He is out of his element This is reflected in how he speaks of what he sees and the people he meets You sense disdain He speaks knowledgeably, but not about something he loves He praises what he finds pretty, butoften he criticizes He is a mainland New Englander at his root, and one senses this The numerous lines of Latin are seldom translated Patrick Cullen narrates the audiobook The untranslated lines of French were deplorable Otherwise he is simple to follow and speaks slowly and clearly I have given his narration three stars It is good The Adventures of Henry Thoreau A Young Man s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond 4 stars by Michael Sims Cape Cod 2 stars by Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau A Life by Laura Dassow Walls TBR Solid Seasons The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson TBR by Jeffrey S Cramer

  2. Alan Alan says:

    This includes Thoreau s funniest, and his most plangent writing plangent, early in The Shipwreck, where he witnessed the fairly common wreck of a square rigger from Europe, this one from Ireland I do conflate this shipwreck with the one that took the life and the great MS on Garibaldi of Margaret Fuller That would, of course, have been later in the century Because the storm had shut down the Provincetown ferry from Boston, Thoreau took a train to Cape Cod, and on the way, at Cohasset on This includes Thoreau s funniest, and his most plangent writing plangent, early in The Shipwreck, where he witnessed the fairly common wreck of a square rigger from Europe, this one from Ireland I do conflate this shipwreck with the one that took the life and the great MS on Garibaldi of Margaret Fuller That would, of course, have been later in the century Because the storm had shut down the Provincetown ferry from Boston, Thoreau took a train to Cape Cod, and on the way, at Cohasset on the South Shore there was a shipwreck the St John from Galway, Ireland , with bodies washed ashore, and awaiting relatives trying to identify them A touching, resonant scene, among Thoreau s finest writing I witnessed no signs of grief, but there was a sober dispatch of business which was affecting On the other hand, the Wellfleet Oysterman is hilarious Thoreau and his companion find a cottage willing to put them up for the night But not knowing their character, the landlord with such chance guests locked them in their room This common practice was done When breakfast was prepared, Thoreau observed the landlord spitting on the fire near the eggs his companion thought it was nearer the oatmeal Each, of course, chose his preference according to their conflicting observations On the outer Cape, wood could prove scarce, occasionally an oar for a sheep railing Cedar fencing from Maine, so expensive there was less sheepherding, their fences requiring four rails One man had shingled his entire house from a mast that had drifted up He inquired of a boy what he had in his dinner pail, grapes There is occasional Transcendental claptrap, as in The mariner who makes his port in Heaven seems to his friends on earth to be shipwrecked, for they deem Boston Harbor the better place But this may be forgiven, as his travelling companion was, after all, nephew of the great Unitarian preacher of the same name, William Ellery Channing At a religious camp meeting, two preachers man and sea, RevHDT, I put in a little Greek now and then, partly because it sounds so much like the sea Thoreau quotes the Collections of the MA Historical Society, vol 8 1802 , opposing the cant of beautiful towns beautiful only to a repentant misanthrope MA Historical, The inhabitants, in general, are substantial livers that is, HDT says, they do NOT live like philosophers And it s amusing to see how HDT reacts to the houses so cherished, and pricey, now, the Captains Houses with rooftop observation posts he calls them the modern equivalent of monstrosities Monstrous in its root sense, too His amusing reflection on an Eastham law, that young bachelors intending marriage should kill 12 blackbirds, From which I concluded that either many men were not married, or many blackbirds WERE A Thoreau going botanist and Latin taxonomist he died from counting rings on a tree , he tells wonderful local names for kelp oar weed, tangle, devil s apron, sob weed, ribbon weed Compare Latin classifications which fill his Journals

  3. David Lentz David Lentz says:

    In his day as pioneers ventured West to settle America, it s intriguing that, as a non conformist, Thoreau ventured East He views the shore of Cape Cod as a sort of neutral ground and an advantageous point for contemplating the world There is naked Nature, inhumanly sincere, wasting no thought on man, nibbling at the cliffy shore where gulls wheel amid the spray For Thoreau and transcendentalists like Emerson, the way to experience the core of life was intuitive and accessible through mindf In his day as pioneers ventured West to settle America, it s intriguing that, as a non conformist, Thoreau ventured East He views the shore of Cape Cod as a sort of neutral ground and an advantageous point for contemplating the world There is naked Nature, inhumanly sincere, wasting no thought on man, nibbling at the cliffy shore where gulls wheel amid the spray For Thoreau and transcendentalists like Emerson, the way to experience the core of life was intuitive and accessible through mindful immersion in Nature I believe there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright, Thoreau writes in Walking As he walks through Truro, Thoreau points out that here was the limit of the Pilgrims journey up the Cape from Provincetown when seeking a place for settlement We went to see the Ocean, and that is probably the best place of all our coast to go to He takes shelter overnight in Highland Lighthouse shown on the front cover Over this bare Highland the wind has full sweep You must hold on to the lighthouse to prevent being blown into the Atlantic If you would feel the full force of a tempest, take up your residence on the top of Mount Washington, or at the Highland Light, in Truro, he writes In 1794ships were wrecked on the eastern shore of Truro than anywhere else on The Cape Surely the light house keeper has a responsible, if an easy, office When his lamp goes out, he goes out Provincetown in Thoreau s day was located on one of the world s major shipping lanes There are the cod and mackerel fleets of 1500 vessels of which 350 could be counted in the harbor at a time Thoreau paints a pretty picture This was the very day one would have chosen to sit upon a hill overlooking sea and land, and muse there The mackerel fleet was rapidly taking its departure, one schooner after another, and standing round the Cape, like fowls leaving their roosts in the morning to disperse themselves in distant fields On the first morning of his arrival at P town, they told me that a vessel had lately come in from the Banks with forty four thousand codfish Timothy Dwight says that, just before he arrived at Provincetown, a schooner had come in from the Great Bank with fifty six thousand fish, almost one thousand five hundred quintals, taken in a single voyage the main deck being, on her return, eight inches under water in calm weather The salt cod were so prolific drying in Provincetown that Thoreau first mistook them for cords of wood stacked all over town He alludes to lobster fishing from small boats for the markets in New York In Provincetown he witnessed the growth of farming on Cranberry Meadows on an extensive scale After spending his days sauntering through the length and breadth of Cape Cod, Thoreau leaves Provincetown by ship through Massachusetts Bay for Boston Harbor and 18 miles west to Concord He seems incapable of rendering a perfect picture of his experiences in his accounting of Cape Cod to do it justice We often love to think now of the life of men on beaches, at least in midsummer, when the weather is serene their sunny lives on the sand, amid the beach grass and the bayberries, their companion a cow, their wealth a jag of driftwood or a few beach plums, and their music the surf and the peep of the beach bird If you re wondering when is the best time of year to visit The Cape, Thoreau advised that it s in October A storm in the fall or winter is the time to visit it a light house or a fisherman s hut the true hotel A man may stand there and put all America behind him

  4. Feliks Feliks says:

    Assuredly worth adding to one s Thoreau library.some fine, fun, sea swept writing here If you want to know what it felt like to walk along the shore of Cape Cod in the 1800s and see everything that Thoreau saw this is the book for you.

  5. Lauren Lauren says:

    Henry David Thoreau s Cape Cod reads muchlike a traditional travel book than most of his work, and I found it quite accessible, even entertaining, for that reason While I don t think that Cape Cod reaches the philosophical depth of Walden, or even A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, it is full of powerful and stunning passages Perhaps most emotionally intense are Thoreau s descriptions of the shipwreck in the opening chapter He contemplates the smallness of human endeavo Henry David Thoreau s Cape Cod reads muchlike a traditional travel book than most of his work, and I found it quite accessible, even entertaining, for that reason While I don t think that Cape Cod reaches the philosophical depth of Walden, or even A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, it is full of powerful and stunning passages Perhaps most emotionally intense are Thoreau s descriptions of the shipwreck in the opening chapter He contemplates the smallness of human endeavors against nature s power and the disturbing eagerness of various people on shore to see the bodies washed up from the wreck Thoreau writes of the shipwreck s victims that they were coming to the New World, as Columbus and the Pilgrims did, they were within a mile of its shores but, before they could reach it, they emigrated to a newer world than ever Columbus dreamed of it has not yet been discovered by science not merely mariners tales and some paltry drift wood and sea weed, but a continual drift and instinct toward all our shores I saw their empty hulks that came to land but they themselves, meanwhile, were cast upon some shore yet further west, toward which we are all tending, and which we shall reach at last, it may be through storm and darkness, as they did 8 I found these scenes especially moving because so many label Thoreau as uncompassionate and cold They think that he wanted to remove himself from society, which is entirely false Rather, in seeking solitude, he hoped to meditate on how better to participate in society, while maintaining his own moral standards and ideas As evidenced in Cape Cod, Thoreau was deeply shaken by the sight of the shipwreck victims, and it was his compassion for them that caused this meditation on what he saw as the ultimate destiny of humankind, a higher calling to some unknown beyond our mortal lives.Though Cape Cod opens with great emotional intensity, it does not remain so dark throughout There are even humorous passages and anecdotes about Thoreau s various trips to the Cape The Wellfleet Oysterman he meets is especially memorable and entertaining Thoreau seemedreal to me in reading this novel than he sometimes does in his other work He details the specifics of his trip herethan in his otherphilosophical travel accounts like The Maine Woods and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers His inclusion of a variety of day to day events, like the ubiquity of Cape sand in his shoes quite familiar to anyone who has visited the Cape , and even getting quite sick from eating a supposedly poisonous part of an oyster poor Henry make this feel like a less lofty,personal version of Thoreau Certainly in reading a book like this, some of Thoreau s supposed coldness is dispelled One of my favorite mundane passages in the book is the following, when Thoreau describes staying the night at the Highland lighthouse The keeper entertained us handsomely in his solitary little ocean house The light house lamps a few feet distant shone full into my chamber, and made it as bright as day, so I knew exactly how the Highland Light bore all that night, and I was in no danger of being wrecked Unlike the last, this was as still as a summer night I thought as I lay there, half awake and half asleep, looking upward through the window at the lights above my head, how many sleepless eyes from far out on the Ocean stream mariners of all nations spinning their yarns through the various watches of the night were directed toward my couch 75 As with much of Thoreau s writings, I can t put my finger on exactly why this passage is so beautiful, or why I kept turning back to and re reading it, but it stays in my mind as one of my favorite of the book, and of Thoreau s writing Perhaps it is because of the transcendent no pun intended moment of connection that he feels, falling asleep at the lighthouse, to the lives of countless people whom he will never meet, but who rely on that light to guide them safely to port.Along with thehuman Henry Thoreau that emerges in the pages of Cape Cod, readers are treated to Thoreau s incredible ability to turn ruminations on nature into an opportunity to learn about humankind In one of my favorite passages of Thoreau yet, he describes finding a bottle that had washed ashore on the beach half buried in the wet sand, covered with barnacles, but stopped right, and half full of red ale, which still smacked of juniper, all that remained I fancied from the wreck of a rowdy world, that great salt sea on the one hand, and this little sea of ale on the other, preserving their separate characters What if it could tell us its adventures over countless ocean waves Man would not be man through such ordeals as it had passed But as I poured it slowly out on to the sand, it seemed to me that man himself was like a half emptied bottle of pale ale, which Time had drunk, so far, yet stopped tight for a while, and drifting about in the ocean of circumstances but destined erelong to mingle with the surrounding waves, or be spilled amid the sands of a distant shore 51 In this passage, Thoreau connects the concrete events of a bottle washed ashore on the beach to his philosophy that one must always struggle to maintain individual against a conformist majority His ability to see the profound in thoroughly mundane experiences is one of my favorite aspects of his writing, and passages like this one are what elevate Cape Cod from the rank of travel book merely Finally, Thoreau spends a great deal of time writing about the ocean in Cape Cod and reconciling it with his understanding of nature overall This sea, capable of wrecking ships against its shores, is certainly at odds with the serene waters of Henry s familiar Walden Pond It seemsaligned with the frightening yet awe inspiring wilderness of The Maine Woods Thoreau writes that The sea shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate this world It is even a trivial place The waves forever rolling to the land are too far travelled and untameable to be familiar It is a wild, rank place, and there is no flattery in it a vast morgue, where famished dogs may range in packs, and crows come daily to glean the pittance which the tide leaves them The carcasses of men and beasts together lie stately up upon its shelf, rotting and bleaching in the sun and waves, and each tide turns them in their beds, and tucks fresh sand under them There is naked Nature, inhumanly sincere, wasting no thought on man, nibbling at the cliffy shore where gulls wheel amid the spray 79 Though the ocean is vast and frightening, its power is invigorating to Thoreau, who loves the untameable aspect of it He contemplates this in another passage as well, writing I think that Cape Cod was neverwild than now We do not associate the idea of antiquity with the ocean, nor wonder how it looked a thousand years ago, as we do of the land, for it was equally wild and unfathomable always The aspect of the shore only has changed The ocean is a wilderness reaching round the globe, wilder than a Bengal jungle, and fuller of monsters, washing the very wharves of our cities and the gardens of our sea side residences 80 Central to Thoreau s philosophy is his conception of the unknown, of wild and unknowable nature He celebrates exploration throughout the book, writing that It was a poetic recreation to watch those distant sails steering for half fabulous ports, whose very names are a mysterious music to our ears It is remarkable that men do not sail the sea withexpectation Nothing memorable was ever accomplished in a prosaic mood The heroes and discoverers have found truethan was previously believed, only when they were expecting and dreaming of somethingthan their contemporaries dreamed of, or even themselves discovered, that is, when they were in a frame of mind fitted to behold the truth 53 Thus, in Thoreau s mind, it is not sufficient to set out only on a literal exploration voyage If one does this, he or she will discover only the material Rather, Thoreau believes, we must put ourselves in a frame of mind to explore ourselves as well as the world around us, to discover our own truths The unknown is not frightening to Thoreau, as it is to other writers Rather, it represents potential for great discovery During his lifetime, the West was quickly being settled, and that frontier was vanishing In Cape Cod, Thoreau seems to turn to the ocean as a place that has forever been wild and unfathomable For him, it is necessary in a spiritual way for there to always exist greater heights yet unvisited, greater depths yet unfathomed

  6. Duffy Pratt Duffy Pratt says:

    I think I might not be cut out for travel nature books Thoreau s writing is brilliant, and, having grown up on Long Island, I love the beach and ocean So this should be a very good fit for me And yet I found it sometimes inspiring, and at other times a bit of a chore.I d like to think that the repetitions in the book are meant to echo the rolling and crashing of the waves But instead, I tend to think that the book is just not as tight as it could have been, and is just somewhat repetitive T I think I might not be cut out for travel nature books Thoreau s writing is brilliant, and, having grown up on Long Island, I love the beach and ocean So this should be a very good fit for me And yet I found it sometimes inspiring, and at other times a bit of a chore.I d like to think that the repetitions in the book are meant to echo the rolling and crashing of the waves But instead, I tend to think that the book is just not as tight as it could have been, and is just somewhat repetitive There are some great things in here the Shipwreck, the description of the Lighthouse, and the Oysterman come immediately to mind And I m impressed at how much walking Thoreau did, and how much he got out of his walks It makes me think that there s something to the meditative aspect of long walks But that doesn t mean I want to read about every detail, even when the writing is brilliant.One thing that comes across pretty strongly is how much louder our world is than Thoreau s was He constantly impresses the reader with the roar of the surf I ve lived by the ocean, and I don t often find it a roar at all Usually, its quite soothing Of course, I ve also lived in apartments just above Broadway in New York, and in other cities And we now live with constant noise and music, so the presence of the ocean noise doesn t interrupt silence anyWe don t have that much quiet time in our lives at all any, and most people shun silence For a naturalist like Thoreau, my guess is that silence wasthe norm, and the incessant sound of the ocean made a big impression on him.At the close of the book Thoreau dismisses barrier beaches as being nothingthan a sandbar The barrier beaches are what I grew up with The Long Island beaches, the Jersey shore, Assateague Island, the Outer Banks I love them all, and I can t abide someone dismissing them Think of an island that continually gets wiped out at one side by the surf, and renewed at the other end, an island where the land is never sure, even though the island persists And then think that an ecosystem grew up to thrive in just such an environment, with all sorts of life specifically adapted to just this kind of ceaseless change And Thoreau simply dismisses this different wonder, I guess because its not his native Massachusetts, or because his long walks hadn t really taken him there I m actually a bit surprised at this kind of provincialism from him.The other laugh I had at Thoreau s expense is his prediction at the end of the book that Cape Cod would never become a fashionable resort area Oh, if the Kennedy s had only known.I liked this considerablythan A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers which feltlike several months , but nowhere as near as much as Walden My guess is, if there were no TV, if I hadn t grown up near the beach, and if this were the only way to vicariously experience it, I would be muchimpressed with this book As it is, I found the writing remarkable, the subject matter intrinsically interesting, but the book as a whole rather dull

  7. Schuyler Wallace Schuyler Wallace says:

    Henry David Thoreau 1817 1862 is probably best known for Walden and Civil Disobedience Neither has the readability of Cape Cod, one of the accounts he wrote of his extensive travels He was a great travel writer, eager to describe the places he visited, using arelaxed tone with lighter philosophical inclination than that used in his controversial essays As an essayist he was relentless as an advocate for the discovering of life s true necessities He was a lifelong abolitionist a Henry David Thoreau 1817 1862 is probably best known for Walden and Civil Disobedience Neither has the readability of Cape Cod, one of the accounts he wrote of his extensive travels He was a great travel writer, eager to describe the places he visited, using arelaxed tone with lighter philosophical inclination than that used in his controversial essays As an essayist he was relentless as an advocate for the discovering of life s true necessities He was a lifelong abolitionist and champion of civil disobedience Some described him as an anarchist, although he seemed to favor the improvement of government rather than the destruction of it While either sitting in prison or residing in solitude on Walden Pond, his writings were heavy with transcendental idealistic musings on the meanness of the world Not so much with his travel tales that seemed to lighten his countenance.Always known for his pointed satire and cunning wit, Thoreau seemed to bring them forwardeasily as he rambled around A Thoreau biographer, Walter Harding, called Cape Cod his sunniest and happiest book It bubbles over with jokes, puns, tall tales, and genial good humor That might be stretching it a bit, but there s no doubt that the book is pleasant to read, if a bit wordy After Thoreau left Walden Pond in 1847 he became increasingly interested in natural history and the environment, and began writingabout them in his travels and expeditions His love of flora and fauna sometimes dominated his writing providing the reader with great skimming opportunities to survive the redundancy.The walks he recorded in Cape Cod, were compilations of four treks he took, covering most of Cape Cod s towns His observations are full of descriptions of the countryside from the seashore to the marshes, plains, scrubby trees, and fields of the Cape s inner reaches His encounters with a shipwreck in which many people were killed, an educational encounter with an oysterman, and a riveting description of a lighthouse are informative and highly readable.I noticed an oddity about his writing Enthusiastic travel writers are heavy into the food they encounter as they wander Thoreau tended to ignore the subject Although he was not a strict vegetarian, meat was low in his priorities because of his perception that it was unclean, and he seemed to subsist on little but air as he trekked around At one point he mentioned that a clam and a couple of crackers would make a fine dinner,His writing received widespread praise in later years but also received some pointed criticism from some of his well known contemporaries Luminaries such as Robert Lewis Stevenson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Nathaniel Hawthorne all took their shots at him, calling him unmanly, a skulker, and a woodchuck Thoreau answered by invoking the idea that every man needs to consider the scope of his own life and not worry about what he has heard of others.There was a good deal of satisfaction for me in the reading of Cape Cod Thoreau s ideas are thought provoking, his vistas are well formed, and he is, after all, considered a literary icon I feel muchintelligent and well read after completing Cape Cod

  8. Oceana2602 Oceana2602 says:

    Oh, Mr Thoreau I m so sorry for not doing you justice and for not giving you the five stars you undoubtedly deserve But see, the rating systems asks me if I really liked the book, and well, my taste just isn t as good as your writing.I sincerely apologize.I took your book with me when I traveled to a long, rather narrow German island, that shall remain unnamed for I fear people will not take me serious any if they know where I spent my vacations Two weeks ago, Germany being in the midd Oh, Mr Thoreau I m so sorry for not doing you justice and for not giving you the five stars you undoubtedly deserve But see, the rating systems asks me if I really liked the book, and well, my taste just isn t as good as your writing.I sincerely apologize.I took your book with me when I traveled to a long, rather narrow German island, that shall remain unnamed for I fear people will not take me serious any if they know where I spent my vacations Two weeks ago, Germany being in the middle of a late winter, just me, the beaches, the dog and the snow I thought this would be an ideal setting for reading about Cape Cod, being close to the sea and the sand I thought that it would be easy to imagine being there with you.But it wasn t It was actually very very hard to imagine Your brilliant descriptions of the landcsape, your sharp way of looking and writing about the people you meet, all made it hard not to picture Cape Cod But your journey itself left me strangely cold Nothing like the rush of moving through the country with Theroux, of wandering often away from the subject with Chatwin Yes, I know, I shouldn t even compare, but I think we can both live with me preferring other travel writers over you, especially with you being dead and not being able to disagree.I fully acknowledge that you are a wonderful writer, I am happy you were there to influence some of the writers I adore these days And yes, I believe I would have been able to enjoy your book muchhad I been traveling Cape Cod, instead of being stuck on above mentioned, still remaining nameless island Maybe it was just the difference in age that prevented us from becoming better friends Whatever the reason, our ways shall part at this point Who knows, maybe we will meet again later in life, by chance but don t hold your breath.Yours sincerely,Oceana

  9. Adriane Devries Adriane Devries says:

    What a lovely ending to our trip to Cape Cod to spread my Dad s ashes in the Atlantic in the box of books allotted to me from his estate, I found this paperback copy of Cape Cod by Thoreau My family and I had just traversed these same shores, some two hundred years after its writing, yet so many of the places are still there, however changed Thoreau compiles several separate holidays on the Cape into this account of its history, its people and its terrain as he takes us on a journey through t What a lovely ending to our trip to Cape Cod to spread my Dad s ashes in the Atlantic in the box of books allotted to me from his estate, I found this paperback copy of Cape Cod by Thoreau My family and I had just traversed these same shores, some two hundred years after its writing, yet so many of the places are still there, however changed Thoreau compiles several separate holidays on the Cape into this account of its history, its people and its terrain as he takes us on a journey through the rains and fogs and shipwrecks of the curled arm peninsula.He uses his surveyor skills to describe the starkly inhospitable terrain, while inserting humorous anecdotal social commentary toward the characters that are as much part of the landscape as the flora and fauna to keep the story moving agreeably, though certainly not grippingly You cannot help but grow wistful for the sound of the sea and for the abundant seafood feasts it provides, as well as the memories you yourself may have made at such a place as this, Cape Cod

  10. Victoria Poon Victoria Poon says:

    very descriptive but dreary A long slow read as I find all of Thoreau But his images have stuck in my head and as I explore Cape Cod I find his perspective on the pre vacationland and its people to excite my imagination.

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