Rebecca Solnit, a thoughtful writer and spirited walker, takes her readers on a leisurely journey through the prehistory, history, and natural history of bipedal motion. Walking, she observes, affords its practitioners an immediate reward--the ability to observe the world at a relaxed gait, one that allows us to take in sights, sounds, and smells that we might otherwise pass by. It provides a vehicle for much-needed solitude and private thought. For the health-minded, walking affords a low-impact and usually pleasant way of shedding a few pounds and stretching a few muscles. It is an essential part of the human adventure--and one that has, until now, been too little documented.
Written in a time when landscapes and cities alike are designed to accommodate automobiles and not pedestrians, Solnit's extraordinary book is an enticement to lace up shoes and set out on an aimless, meditative stroll of one's own. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Wanderlust" is a German word meaning "joy of walking". Nowhere in the book could the joy of walking be found. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by Tony Theil
Getting past the first chapter was extremely difficult and continuing to "walk" through the rest of the book was impossible! Read morePublished on July 25 2002
When I walk, which is often, I like the serendipity of the experience, the unknown that meets me, the new perspective that greets me, the unexpected that grows from the experience. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by Larry S. Bonura
When I picked up this book at the local bookstore it was an impulse. But after reading this book i found that it was exactly what I had been looking for. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2001 by "getknotted83"
I found this book to be a fascinating read because of Solnit's writing style and because of her commentary on the subject of walking. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2000
This looks at walking from a philosophical point of view. There are many viewpoints on something so ordinarily extraordinary but this did not address the questions I had about... Read morePublished on May 9 2000
Eagerly anticipating reading this book, I found myself repelled by an endless pastiche of regurgitated "clippings" from other writers and micro-histories and interesting... Read morePublished on May 4 2000
This book fulfils that vital function of art to make you re-evaluate something that might have seemed simple and ordinary. Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Purple Ink