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17 June 2010

Book Review and Book Tour: Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck


Title: Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau
Author: Kenny Luck
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication Date: April 19, 2010
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0982256541
Genre: Inspirational, Coffee Table Book

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About the Book:

On July 4, 1845, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. “The mass of men,” he famously wrote, “lead lives of quite desperation.” Yet the scope of Thoreau’s message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau’s message is needed now more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.

My Review:

Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck is a beautiful collection of quotes from Henry David Thoreau, compiled in the form of a devotional of sorts. Luck took a more devotional, rather than academic, look at Thoreau's works and divided his quotes up into three sections, fully illustrated and filled with depth, breadth, and meaning. Thumbing Through Thoreau is a beautiful and calming journey and one that can be read in one sitting, however I recommend savouring the book and reading a passage a day and taking time to reflect upon its meaning and how the passage relates to ones life. I would recommend Thumbing Through Thoreau to anyone looking for a beautiful, tranquil and contemplative book.

About the Author:

Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel.

For more information about Kenny Luck, please visit his website.


Kenny Luck’s THUMBING THROUGH THOREAU VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 officially began on June 1 and end on June 25 2010. You can visit Kenny Luck's blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of June to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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1 comment:

Tribute Books said...

Jennifer, what a beautiful way to sum up the purpose of the book:

"Thumbing Through Thoreau is a beautiful and calming journey and one that can be read in one sitting, however I recommend savouring the book and reading a passage a day and taking time to reflect upon its meaning and how the passage relates to ones life."

Thank you for hitting right on the head what everyone involved in the creation of this book wanted the reader to get out of it.

Best wishes,
Nicole
Tribute Books