- File Size: 347 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 27, 2006)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2006
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002GOP9FY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the middle of the first chapter, Solnit gives us a manifesto: "Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction." "Lost," for her, means we lack a narrative for what we are experiencing. Getting lost is a kind of Zen rebirth because "to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty." Getting lost also has connotations of spiritual longing. Solnit titles every other chapter "The Blue of Distance." Blue "represents the spirit, the sky, and water, the immaterial and the remote, so that however tactile ansd close-up it is, it is always about distance and disembodiment." Voila the tone of the book--grand, abstract, sensual, yearning and inexorably aloof.
With a topic like the beauty of longing and loss, it is surprising how rarely Solnit lapses into cliché. Her prose is as smooth and bare as polished stone. It creates the feeling of waking from a dream and encountering the world, dazed and receptive. If Thoreau is the most cerebral of the philosopher-poets and Whitman the most sensual, Rebecca Solnit belongs at the midpoint.Read more ›
Obviously this is not a self-help book, far from it. It is an echo of a most adventurous and idiosyncratic life journey. Solnit merely redraws her own maps, re-opening sore wounds, reassessing facts, revisiting places, revitalizing relationships. In that process possible meanings of ‚getting lost’ are holographically revealed and refracted. Impressive how the narrative doesn’t cease to change register. Seemingly effortlessly it traverses a motley of topographies, human pursuits and intellectual disciplines. The prose is, as always, accessible, limpid and infused with a genuine poetic sensibility. At heart, Solnit is a naturalist. Many of her stories and similes are drawn from the natural world. As, for instance, here where she dwells on our inability to predict the future: „People look into the future and expect that the forces of the present will unfold in a coherent and predictable way, but any examination of the past reveals that the circuitous routes of change are unimaginably strange.Read more ›
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To read Solnit is to sit back and feel the power of words wash over you. Her elegance is majestic.Published 23 days ago by ElizWolf
Beautifully written. This is my favorite book and i frequently buy this as a gift for friends and family.Published 29 days ago by Lindsey
This book has a few excellent passages, but it was not at all what I expected. Some of the chapters have only a very far-fetched connection to the concept of "getting... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Experienced seminar leader
Well written and the first part was especially delicious reading where the pace felt strong and I followed with keen interest. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Langley
i think i could love this if i read it...but listening to the author narrate it like being smothered by wet feathers.Published 4 months ago by mingus
Wandering with Solnit enriches those inevitable life experiences. Like a shaman she weaves a
web of metaphorical magic and transforms them and inevitably you in the process.
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