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Summary

What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march?

In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes 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 mountaineers.

With profiles of some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction - from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Rousseau to Argentina's Mother of the Plaza de Mayo, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja - Wanderlust offers a provocative and profound examination of the interplay between the body, the imagination, and the world around the walker.

©2014 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Starts slow, gets interesting on the second chapter and wonderlustful from the 4th on

My first audio book. My first Rebecca Solnit book. The first of many I think.

At first it was strange to hear theory, but after not much it started getting really good.

Rebecca makes the universal personal and vice versa. She manages to make sense of an amazing amount of information and turn it into interesting stories. I'm quite impressed.

I heard it mainly walking, commuting, running and travelling which made it specially significant and pleasant to listen to.

I reckon it was a really difficult task for the interpreter. It starts a bit stiff but gets better as well.

I recommend it. To be listened to calmly, in not-too long chunks as it is quite dense.

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