Walden is Michael T. Dolan’s first novel, and it leaves the reader anxious for his next book. Told in a candid first-person narrative, young college student Walden takes the reader on a journey through one day in his life on campus. Through this one day, however, the reader discovers Walden’s entire life, which has been a struggle to break free from his father’s imposed destiny for him. Walden does break free at the end, but in a surprising and ironic way.
Walden is wonderfully written and though an easy read, incorporates philosophical and psychological themes throughout its pages.
Holden Caulfied lovers should certainly graduate to Walden.
RATING: * * * * * One of the best books I’ve read
Reviewed by: Truman W.
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