Wanderlust: A History Of Walking
  • Wanderlust: A History Of Walking
  • Wanderlust: A History Of Walking
ISBN: 0670882097
EAN13: 9780670882090
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.1" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of the memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence

Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.

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   lots of info
I was given this book as a gift because I am a walker... Beca Solnit thinks a lot more about the journey than I do... this book is so chock full of interesting references that it takes me forever to read 2 Jane Austen books and some wordsworth in the midst of them. Thoroughly!
 
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   An excursion into fascinating territory
In Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit weaves myriad facets of human experience together to chronicle the role of walking. As can be expected, this is a complex topic that covers not only the details of the geographic locale, but also the sociological and historical context of the subject. In this book, Solnit uses walking as a central theme and background, using the theme as a stepping stone to meander on her ruminations on diverse topics. Her discursions are thought provoking, enlightening, and diverse. It is almost as if the author invites you to join her on a walk, sharing her insights on the human condition with you. If not for the place, time and gender she is born, Solnit comes across as a peripatetic a wandering philosopher. At the end of the book, one has the feeling of coming home, more thoughtfully from an excursion.
 
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   condition not as advertised
The book was used as a condition very good. The pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but large parts of the book are coated in bright yellow highlighter. I keep it, but would never have purchased if i knew it had been marked!
 
5
   Great book!
Just finished the first chapter, but I plan on finishing the whole book. I do not live there, but I have been there several times. It is a great place to be in.
 
5
   A quotable book.
Initially, I was kind of turned off by what I thought was overly-poetic writing. I want to know only the facts, nothing but the facts. But I warmed to the decorative, visual, personal writing style. At the end, it became one of my favorite books about walking and nature. This book is full of history, culture and literature. Nonphysics and Physiology, which is fine.
 
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