Friday, June 4, 2010

Review: Thumbing Through Thoreau compiled by Kenny Luck

What I Thought:
This would make a wonderful gift! It's considered a "coffee table" book but, for lover's of Thoreau or those who enjoy famous quotes, it will be so much more.
I did receive a black and white unbound galley but from what I saw there I think this book will be beautiful.
I really enjoyed the quotes and how each "set" of quotes is divided into sections. It could actually work as a handy reference.
My favorite section was of course, The Love Section! My favorite quote from the book: "Love is the profoundest of secrets."
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.

About Kenny Luck:

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. You can visit his website at

Thumbing Through Thoreau is his debut book.
**review copy provided by the publisher


  1. I'm glad you saw the value in the book - it'd be great to have next to your nightstand and read a quote every morning to start your day.

  2. Thanks for a wonderful review, Chris!