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Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino: Review/summary
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Thoreau at Walden

By John Porcellino

Length: 112 pages

Rating: 8/10

First Published: 2008

Get it: UK 🇬🇧 | US 🇺🇸

Last read: 2020

This graphic novel depicts Henri David Thoreau when he lived in the woods and wrote Walden.

Henri David Thoreau sitting in the sun drawn by John Porcellino. A speech bubble says: "I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself"


I’m conflicted about the art. I like the barrenness of the frames, the simplicity of the lines, there’s something soothing to it. But I would want to see more of the lush nature that Thoreau describes.

Finding excerpts across 5 books to use as one-line captions must be a gigantic amount of work. I respect that.

The artist, John Porcellino, has a patreon page if you’re into his art.

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