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By Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's vintage account of his meditative, beach-combing jogging journeys to Cape Cod within the early 1850s, reflecting at the elemental forces of the ocean, with an creation via Paul Theroux

Cape Cod chronicles Henry David Thoreau’s trip of discovery alongside this evocative stretch of Massachusetts beach, within which time he got here to appreciate the complicated dating among the ocean and the shore. He spent his nights in lighthouses, in fishing huts, and on remoted farms. He handed his days wandering the shorelines, the place he saw the big variety of lifestyles and loss of life provided up by means of the sea. via those observations, Thoreau came upon that the single solution to really comprehend the sea—its intensity, its wildness, and the common existence it contained—was to check it from the shore. Like his most famed paintings, Walden, Cape Cod is stuffed with Thoreau’s special perceptions and particular descriptions. however it can also be jam-packed with his personal pleasure and sweetness at having stumbled throughout a brand new frontier so as regards to domestic, the place a guy could stand and “put all the United States in the back of him.”

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One by one, the gregarious, confident layers of his self peel off, and he surrenders to longer and longer bouts of inaction and brooding. Like Carrie, he sits in a rocking chair, absorbed in the flow of random thoughts and jumbled feelings. Each stage of his decline is marked by some physical gesture: his shabby clothes, stubbly beard, and haggard face; his insatiable scanning of newspapers; his long hours lounging in hotel chairs in order to keep warm and pass the long afternoons; his demented counting of his money as it dwindles, especially after his desperate attempt to recoup at the poker table fails; and his scrimping on food to save pennies.

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