Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - amelish - LibraryThing

The book brings up many interesting subjects, but it feels unfinished and unfocused as a result, like it's trying to do too much with too little. A promising premise that might have worked out better ... Read full review

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User Review  - Doreen - Goodreads

I expected a lot more from this book and turns out I was terribly disappointed at how superficial and reductive her views of walking are. I don't understand the title: where's the history? It's more ... Read full review


Part I
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Part II
Part III
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Part IV
Chapter 15
Chapter 16

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 17
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About the author (2001)

Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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