Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Paperback)
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Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/05/2014
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What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes 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 mountaineers. With profiles of some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction - from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Rousseau to Argentina's Mother of the Plaza de Mayo, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja - Wanderlust offers a provocative and profound examination of the interplay between the body, the imagination, and the world around the walker.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783780396
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 199 x 132 x 28 mm

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“Wanderlust”

Such a disappointment. I had hoarded this book for years waiting for just the right time to read it, yet maybe it passed me by.
Yes, there are nuggets that will stay with me forever...the Inuit custom of walking out a... More

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“Slow and good read”

It took me a while to get used to the dense writing style, but once I did, I started thoroughly enjoying the book. The book is philosophical, scholarly, and at the same time also personal. In my experience it does not... More

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