The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism

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Penguin, Nov 20, 2008 - Social Science - 288 pages
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How we walk, where we walk, why we walk tells the world who and what we are. Whether it's once a day to the car, or for long weekend hikes, or as competition, or as art, walking is a profoundly universal aspect of what makes us humans, social creatures, and engaged with the world. Cultural commentator, Whitbread Prize winner, and author of Sex Collectors Geoff Nicholson offers his fascinating, definitive, and personal ruminations on the literature, science, philosophy, art, and history of walking.

Nicholson finds people who walk only at night, or naked, or in the shape of a cross or a circle, or for thousands of miles at a time, in costume, for causes, or for no reason whatsoever. He examines the history and traditions of walking and its role as inspiration to artists, musicians, and writers like Bob Dylan, Charles Dickens, and Buster Keaton. In The Lost Art of Walking, he brings curiosity, imagination, and genuine insight to a subject that often strides, shuffles, struts, or lopes right by us.

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User Review  - Scott Baxter - Goodreads

Picked it up based on a recommendation from Nancy Pearl in her book Book Lust to Go. I was intrigued to read a book or two on the topic of walking. It is, after all, something that very few animals do ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

The subtitle, "The history, science, philosophy, and literature of pedestrianism," just about sums up what this book is all about. I consider this one of my serendipitous library finds. Knowing ... Read full review

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Geoff Nicholson is the author of twenty books, including Sex Collectors, Hunters and Gatherers, The Food Chain, and Bleeding London, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. He divides his time between Los Angeles and London.

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