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Wanderlust; a History of Walking (2000)

by Rebecca Solnit

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"In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories -- of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores -- to create a portrait of the range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history signifies walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit hones in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of the mountaineers." "Solnit's book finds a profound relationship between walking and thinking, walking and culture, and argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in an evermore automobile-dependent and accelerated world. Book jacket."--Jacket.… (more)
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As with most Solnit books (and appropriate for its subject), a meandering journey. Wide-ranging and thought-provoking. ( )
  heggiep | Jan 17, 2021 |
Sort of a history/sociological look at the simpliest of acts that most take for granted(unless you're one of those who will spend 5min searching for that spot closest to the door). A very enjoyable read. Would go hand-in-hand with Thich Nhat Hanh's "Long Road Turns To Joy: A Guide To Walking Meditation". Read this several years ago (2004). ( )
  feralcatbob | Dec 22, 2020 |
Read 2019. ( )
  sasameyuki | Aug 14, 2020 |
In [Wanderlust; a History of Walking], Rebecca Solnit creates a series of essay-like chapters that explore walking and what it has meant in human history. Everything from walking for pleasure, exercise, to conquer, as a form of protest, who has the right and luxury to walk, and walking in literature is represented. As might be expected with a book of this nature, I loved parts of this and was bored by other parts. I even skipped a chapter here or there if it wasn't grabbing me. But Solnit's writing is always excellent and overall I found a lot here to think about and enjoy.

Original publication date: 2001
Author’s nationality: American
Original language: English
Length: 324 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars
Format/where I acquired the book: purchased paperback
Why I read this: like the author and the topic grabbed my interest ( )
  japaul22 | Aug 12, 2020 |
Rebecca Solnit makes the reader think of walking as much more than the means to get from one place to another. The restrictions placed on walking by property rights, gender, politics, occupations, attire and a multitude of other human constructs will make one consider walking in a new light. The freedom to walk where and when you want will never be taken for granted again. ( )
  varielle | Jul 28, 2020 |
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"In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories -- of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores -- to create a portrait of the range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history signifies walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit hones in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of the mountaineers." "Solnit's book finds a profound relationship between walking and thinking, walking and culture, and argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in an evermore automobile-dependent and accelerated world. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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