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READ ☆ Wanderlust A History of Walking ´ ❴PDF❵ ✑ Wanderlust A History of Walking Author Rebecca Solnit – This volume provides a history of walking exploring the relationship between thinking and walking and between walking and culture The author argues for the preservation of the time and space in wRvation of the time and space in which to walk in an ever car dependent and accelerated wor. I labored through it I am a walking addict and expected a personal connection with the author While Ms Solnit did include numerous examples of personal walks I was not able to hang with her and see the countryside inner or outer This is a book about philosophers and famous literary and artistic personalities that just happened to be walkers

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Etween thinking and walking and between walking and culture The author argues for the prese. This was my second time reading this book and I feel as ambivalent about it as I did the first time through There is just so much in here that it feels a bit overwhelming Here are two of the notes I made while reading June 9 First chapter was about philosophers and walking A bit dull Second was about how and why humans began to walk in the first place and the debate was still raging at the time she wrote That was interesting Now I am on a chapter about pilgrimages which is another type of walking altogether And she complains that at a slow pace or just standing still her feet hurt I hear you girl The hardest thing to do is walk at someone else's slower paceJune 12 Chapters on walking and philosophy Chapters on how we began to walk in the first place and what it meant Chapters on pilgrimages Chapters on Wordsworth and the beginning of walking as a leisure activity And yet another chapter about Wordsworth who seems to have been responsible for many things regarding that movement But honestly it is all a bit dryI am a walker Have been since I was a kid and used to zip down to the corner store on Sundays to buy a paper and lug it home Three mile round trip and wonderful fun Since then I have walked many miles for fun in competitions to explore and to keep myself healthyAnd while I can appreciate the author's general idea here it was very hard to slog through all the information she shared It was like doing a 6 Day Ultramarathon in an area where the course is a little rockier than is good for you At first you try to miss the stones but after a time you are tired and end up stomping on them every few strides It hurts It's work And I don't always like to work when I'm walking or when I'm reading I have to be in the proper frame of mind to exercise my brain as much as I needed to do for this book So if I wait until Someday when I am feeling scholarly and intellectual and high browed would I like this better I did enjoy seeing names of some authors I recognized and others who are on my reading lists This is a very literary walking book tracing the history of walking by the writing that has been done about it over the centuries I cannot imagine the amount of research it took to dig up all of this information and tie it all together So kudos to Solnit for the work And thanks are due also because I have been introduced to Dorothy Wordsworth William's sister who kept journals of all the walking she did Apparently he swiped many ideas and images from her pages for his poetry and even though I am not as familiar with his work as I probably should be if I were a true intellectual I am very interested to read Dorothy's journals and see if I can recognize anything there I also appreciated the introduction to New York poet Frank O'Hara and I have his poems on my lists now too So I feel I did get some rewards for keeping myself staggering along to the finish line here Well almost to the end my feet and my brain hurt too much to face the rocky fields of those last few chapters Maybe Someday I'll give this book one walk through Or I might just send it off on a walkabout of its own We'll see

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Wanderlust A History of WalkingThis volume provides a History of Epub #217 history of walking exploring the relationship b. Expansive and engaging Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust explores the history of walking in the West Starting with Rousseau and the Romantics Solnit argues walking became self conscious and against the backdrop of the French Revolution and industrialization the act started to accrue dynamic democratic and subversive cultural meanings it had never before held in Western societies The author historicizes walking as a conscious cultural act and considers the many forms the act takes today from pilgrimages and marches to walkathons and urban strolls; simultaneously she politicizes the experience of walking uestioning how it’s impacted by the walker’s social identities All the while the author analyzes the literature of walking and reviews the role walking played in the lives of famous thinkers and activists While packed with information Solnit’s prose is lyrical and moving her work associative in structure and easy to read