Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2001 - Social Science - 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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Review: Wanderlust: A History of Walking

User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

When I bought this book, I was in San Francisco, during a trip inconveniently timed 2 weeks before I moved from New York to Boston. By that time I had spent 10 months living in Queens, where I ... Read full review

Review: Wanderlust: A History of Walking

User Review  - Cody - Goodreads

In Wanderlust, the medium is a crucial part the message, as the text--like a long walk--digresses and meanders, exposing us to a vast array of ideas, experiences, and terrain. This rambling style ... 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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Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books, including A Paradise Built in Hell, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, River of Shadows, 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. She lives in San Francisco.

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