Wanderlust A History of Walking review ¾ E-book or Kindle E-pub

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Wanderlust A History of Walking review ¾ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☆ Wanderlust A History of Walking Author Rebecca Solnit – Helpyouantib.co.uk This volume provides a history of walking exploring the relationship between thinking and walking and between walking and culture The This volume provides a history of walking exploring History of Kindle #208 the relationship. I really wanted to like this book much than I did and kept waiting for it to get good I want to also acknowledge at the outset that it languished on my Kindle for about 8 months as I got through it 1% of the time at a very plodding pace Whenever I'd be stuck someplace with nothing else to read and go Ugh fine I'll work on the dang walking book again I'm not sure I'd have been so committed if it hadn't been one of my Your Next 5 Books at the Seattle Public Library I originally got it because one of my subgoals last year was to read 60 books written by women Also as one who has been car free or car lite my whole life I've got some pedestrian street cred and often want to literarily bump fists with my peeps as it wereI guess my issues with under enthusiasm are these1 The history of walking seems to start with romanticism I have uneven feelings about that time and so it's hard to really jam on that point2 There are times when an author's personal experiences and observations on a subject her own personal encounter with the matter at hand truly enhance the narrative In fairness most of the author's experiences walking describe Paris San Francisco and the deserts in the American West I'm not sure that there are three places that I would connect with less on an imaginative level but I'm sort of a crank At any rate I found it a bit distracting to dip into her life after I'd been chewing my cud on the Lake District so to speak a Writing about walking in Paris almost inevitably results in the injudicious overuse of the word flâneur b Some of the writing about the desert walking was pretty interesting especially the AFL CIO strike in Las Vegas and the walk to Los Angeles However cranky I'm always hyperaware of anything American desert y that strays into the crystals led me to a spirit uest with the Hopi because OMG the people you run into in hostels in Santa Fe3 One of the author's main points is that walking can be a political and feminist act There was a lot of discussion of reclaiming public space at the pedestrian scale and to move beyond the idea of women who walk are streetwalkers That's rad But this book had SUCH as western perspective I can't help but think that for the majority of the world's women walking is NOT an empowering act because the loads of water and firewood that need to be trekked back home have to be done under the power of women at the exclusion of their own economic and intellectual development The only really non western examples that come to mind are some eastern European artists who were walking the Great Wall of China aUgh also Philistine alert but I'm rarely moved by post modern minimalist performance art Probably because I'm one of the sheep But reading about post modern minimalist performance art about walking was a bit excruciating for my Cro Magnon brain bIsn't this where you'd get some serious mileage pun intended waxing poetically about the Montgomery bus boycotts4 Some biology about how walking affects us and the differences in bodies of walkers vs non walkers would have been interesting I remember reading a kinesiology study about how the gaits and strides of African women are different ostensibly because of carrying heavy loads on their heads5 It's also possible that when this book was published nearly 15 years ago that ideas about sidewalks and cul de sacs and not driving half a mile to do something and public spaces were a bit fringe y than they are todayI'm sure I'll give Rebecca Solnit another chance; it's possible that this subject has so many ways to be handled that the path she chose didn't appeal to me Also she coined the term mansplaining so I'm interested in her cultural commentary

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Between thinking and walking and between walking and culture The author argues for the prese. This was my second time reading this book and I feel as ambivalent about it as I did the first time through There is just so much in here that it feels a bit overwhelming Here are two of the notes I made while reading June 9 First chapter was about philosophers and walking A bit dull Second was about how and why humans began to walk in the first place and the debate was still raging at the time she wrote That was interesting Now I am on a chapter about pilgrimages which is another type of walking altogether And she complains that at a slow pace or just standing still her feet hurt I hear you girl The hardest thing to do is walk at someone else's slower paceJune 12 Chapters on walking and philosophy Chapters on how we began to walk in the first place and what it meant Chapters on pilgrimages Chapters on Wordsworth and the beginning of walking as a leisure activity And yet another chapter about Wordsworth who seems to have been responsible for many things regarding that movement But honestly it is all a bit dryI am a walker Have been since I was a kid and used to zip down to the corner store on Sundays to buy a paper and lug it home Three mile round trip and wonderful fun Since then I have walked many miles for fun in competitions to explore and to keep myself healthyAnd while I can appreciate the author's general idea here it was very hard to slog through all the information she shared It was like doing a 6 Day Ultramarathon in an area where the course is a little rockier than is good for you At first you try to miss the stones but after a time you are tired and end up stomping on them every few strides It hurts It's work And I don't always like to work when I'm walking or when I'm reading I have to be in the proper frame of mind to exercise my brain as much as I needed to do for this book So if I wait until Someday when I am feeling scholarly and intellectual and high browed would I like this better I did enjoy seeing names of some authors I recognized and others who are on my reading lists This is a very literary walking book tracing the history of walking by the writing that has been done about it over the centuries I cannot imagine the amount of research it took to dig up all of this information and tie it all together So kudos to Solnit for the work And thanks are due also because I have been introduced to Dorothy Wordsworth William's sister who kept journals of all the walking she did Apparently he swiped many ideas and images from her pages for his poetry and even though I am not as familiar with his work as I probably should be if I were a true intellectual I am very interested to read Dorothy's journals and see if I can recognize anything there I also appreciated the introduction to New York poet Frank O'Hara and I have his poems on my lists now too So I feel I did get some rewards for keeping myself staggering along to the finish line here Well almost to the end my feet and my brain hurt too much to face the rocky fields of those last few chapters Maybe Someday I'll give this book one walk through Or I might just send it off on a walkabout of its own We'll see

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Wanderlust A History of WalkingRvation of the time and space in which to walk in an ever car dependent and accelerated worl. I labored through it I am a walking addict and expected a personal connection with the author While Ms Solnit did include numerous examples of personal walks I was not able to hang with her and see the countryside inner or outer This is a book about philosophers and famous literary and artistic personalities that just happened to be walkers