So far all of the introductions I've read aren't simply introductions that introduces you to a book but rather a summary or general overview of the book. Sometimes I just want to skip it all but they give SO much information you can write on and on about it and contemplate over it. Just in case you're wondering, I'm reading Walden right now and it is so interesting despite what my other friends say. I love how he thinks about human life in general and some of his "unconventional" ideas (which I don't find that eccentric).
Okay, I've got to stop ruminating about this. I just want to get to the actual writings of Thoreau. Should I always read the introduction though? or... should I read the piece first and see what evaluations and insights I come up with and then compare them with the piece? I don't know if doing that would hinder my reading and thinking in any way... What do you guys think?? Thanks.