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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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TFW you pull a book off your shelf and realize you didn't actually finish it. There's a lot here to think about and respond to, hopeful and depressing, I just had to get through the early sections that I care about so much less. Full of notes nevertheless. ( )
  Kiramke | Nov 28, 2023 |
A great treatise on a rather mundane subject, walking. We do it every day and of course take it for granted. Solnit takes us along at three miles an hour for a journey into bits of history associated with this subject. ( )
  BBrookes | Nov 15, 2023 |
I felt my heart swell with each step taken through its pages. This captivating book delves deep into the history of our most basic means of transportation, exploring its evolution through time, space, and culture. With each turn of the page, I was transported to new and exotic lands, and felt the rhythmic pulse of walking in my very soul. The author's poetic prose and insightful observations drew me in, and I was lost in a world where every step held infinite possibility. This book is a true love letter to the art of walking, and I am forever smitten. ( )
  paarth7 | May 6, 2023 |
I became a Rebecca Solnit fan with this book. ( )
  mykl-s | Mar 2, 2023 |
A terrific exploration of both the history of walking and how it affects our psychic as well as physical lives. I have already added several books she references to my to-read list. ( )
  grandpahobo | Mar 4, 2022 |
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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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