The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot
  • The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot
  • The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot
  • The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot
ISBN: 0147509793
EAN13: 9780147509796
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 24, 2013
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.95" L x 5.28" W
Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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From the acclaimed author of The Wild Places comes an engrossing exploration of walking and thinking. In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. Told in Macfarlane's distinctive voice, The Old Ways folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology, and literature. His walks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he crosses paths with walkers of many kinds--wanderers, pilgrims, guides, and artists. Above all this is a book about walking as a journey inward and the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Macfarlane discovers that paths offer not just a means of traversing space but of feeling, knowing, and thinking.

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   Excellent, delightful…. but disorienting…..
Macfarlane does an enchanting job at writing of his walking, and brings us to that mystical land known to many of us through the rolling of the hip, the kick of the boot, the air in the lungs and the many moods, thoughts, yearnings in our spirits. I felt left out of his experiences simply due to my lack of working knowledge of England and its place names. I want to orient myself from a place where I need to read not just in the writer's mind and in the inner geography, but also in the world. I want to know where is it north? Near someplace I have been ''. I can not tell you from where I displace? Near the Sea ''. What would you do? I found myself having to tear away the noble poetry and mysticism of his writing to rush to Google the place name. I've tried not to... But to hear an experience without being oriented in space is for me too much to miss. A note to the publisher : If this is ever re-published, please include a set of small, one-sided maps!
   The old Ways.
This book was recommended by a friend to me and I enjoy this book by Rrobert Macfarlane. His expulsion seems boundless and his enthusiasm is infectious. I have not yet finished reading it and I look forward to reading about his journeys in the Middle East. The most intriguing purchase was made. thank you for this great job.
   A beautiful book
I have not read the book. I read it slowly, enjoyed the content. I hope I can continue reading this book the next time.
   Interesting and thoughtful
I found it entertaining and pensive ''. I would certainly buy another from this author. A different read for those interested in the outdoors and culture from good areas.
   Really did enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book..... different fm everything I read before... the thought of all those places.... remote smack in the middle of the noise of Europe... feel like getting my rucksack on and head that way, but then I never saw the things the writer saw...
   An amazing read!
I am so happy to walk. And I just walked the coast-to-Coast Trail in England, so this book jumped right into my Kindle and came with me. I couldn t have asked for a better companion! It is written beautifully and filled with wonders.
   Great literature, but not exactly what I'm looking for
Interesting perspective, great walking location, interesting choice of words. The book is good as a story and a narrative, but not for understanding the whole picture of places. There are many places where I wish the author would elaborate, as they will give the story more substance.
   Wordy but Informative
Good traveling : Reblogged me a lot of another travelogue book, Turn Left At Machu Pichu. I wish there were more photos ''.
   Sheer poetry
This is wonderfully evocative and descriptive and will be enjoyed by readers who love walking and appreciate history. The Old Ways tells the story of people's journeys with a fresh, new spirit.
   So wonderful
Generally speaking, I'm a very good reader, unless the book is really bad or really fast. The Old Ways are just excellent, the kind of book where I might read a paragraph, maybe a few pages, but never more than one chapter at a time. Since it is also a book I read over and over again, I expect it to go faster the next time. He is a wonderful writer that immerses the reader in the settings of the paths trod by our ancestors. I also admire his respect for the writers and poets who have come before. I can recommend this book enough, it is just a wonderful journey.