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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'Radical, humane, witty' Alain de Botton
'Magisterial' Will Self, Guardian

Explore historical, political and philosophical paths traced by walkers in this profound and diverting modern classic.

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 numerous stories to create a new way of looking at one of humanity's most fundamental and expressive acts.

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 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 takes us on an unforgettable journey and shows how walking can affect the body, the imagination, and the world around us.

'One of those rare, quirky, rather lovable books that makes you look anew at something so familiar... Solnit winningly traces the shifting cultural significance of putting one foot in front of another' Daily Telegraph

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783780396
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Radical, humane, witty, sometimes wonderfully dandyish, at other times, impassioned and serious - Alain de Botton

[A] magisterial history of walking - Will Self, Guardian

A history of walking that is about time and space and consciousness of the world as much as about putting one foot in front of the other - The Times

A writer of startling freshness and precision - New York Times Book Review

Solnit walks, but her prose soars. This is a stunningly original account of the simple, subversive activity that keeps us human. Pedestrians of the world, unite! - Mike Davis, author, City of Quartz

One of those rare, quirky, rather lovable books that makes you look anew at something so familiar ... Solnit winningly traces the shifting cultural significance of putting one foot in front of another - Telegraph

Thoughtful and fascinating - Stephanie Merritt, Observer

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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.
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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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