- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oldcastle Books (26 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842433709
- ISBN-13: 978-1842433706
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker Paperback – 26 Jun 2012
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The book looks at the relationship between walking and writing from Greek and other philosophers (Rousseau,Michel de Certeau) through to the Psychogeography/Deep Topography of today (Iain Sinclair, Will Self, Nick Papadimitriou) and includes much else in between. Coverly looks at the walker as Pilgrim (William Langland,Hilaire Belloc,Werner Herzog); as imaginary walker (William Cowper, Albert Speer); as Vagrant (John Clare, Walt Whitman); in the natural world (Wordsworth); as Visionary (John Gay, William Blake, Thomas De Quincey); the Flaneur (Charles Baudelaire, Robert Walser); and experimental walking (the dadaists and Guy Debord). It is extensively referenced and has an excellent bibliography.
It is a really entertaining walk through history and I gained a lot of knowledge on the way. Written in a lively style, I whizzed through it and yearned for more. My only issue is that I would like to have had more depth because I found the subject so interesting(that's why it lost a star). So, yes, buy it if you like this sort of thing. You'll like it.
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