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.
Excellent a deeply and interesting relation between a sport and a way of life.Published 15 days ago by Paola V. Faãndez Garcãa
A well-researched account of the value and history of walking, wandering, and urbanism. It is a great introduction to many influential people and events which have shaped our... Read morePublished 18 days ago by R. Nixon
A fascinating tour through space and time, with side trips into science, gardening, political activism, and mountaineering. Read morePublished 29 days ago by The Ryders
I liked it, but it was much too scholarly without her usual spirit.Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Blachly
I bought this for my mother who is now in a nursing home. She loved it.Published 5 months ago by Renny James