From Library Journal
Mitchell, editor of the National Audubon Society's Sanctuary magazine, writes prosaically of a year spent in a cabin in semi-wild Massachusetts. During the course of the year, he reads the journals of Thoreau, whom he calls "Henry," and he draws many obvious parallels between Thoreau's year at Walden Pond and his own time in self-imposed simplicity. Long sections of the book are devoted to Mitchell's brother and their father, both of whom kept journals, and both of whom Mitchell seeks to understand by musing about their writings. Mitchell brings a careful eye to the beauty that surrounds him but is prone to tangent-following and woolgathering, remaining a fairly mysterious character in his own book. Nice for large general-interest collections, but not for specialists or libraries on tight budgets.
- Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
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