A History of Walking

eBook - 2001
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In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories -- of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores -- to create a portrait of the range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history signifies walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit hones in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of the mountaineers." "Solnit's book finds a profound relationship between walking and thinking, walking and culture, and argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in an evermore automobile-dependent and accelerated world. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780786523924
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 326 p.) : ill
Alternative Title: Wanderlust


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Jan 20, 2018

I liked the book. A bit rambling. I should have taken longer to read the book carefully. I gave up half way through the book. Maybe I will pick it up in the future.

Aug 30, 2017

Beautiful experience. A book you get lost in,

AL_BETHW Sep 09, 2016

A microhistory for anyone who loves to take in the world on foot.

mallc Jan 05, 2016

Winter may not be the best time to set out on a stroll but if you brave the cold you’ll be rewarded by the meditative quality of a good walk. Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust is the perfect companion for all your small and large journeys.

Mar 29, 2014

Too academic. Boring

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