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An Invocation of the Spirit of Walking
on 21 November 2015
In this book Gros ponders the reasons why people walk, the various modes in which they walk and the benefits they gain. Interspersed with these reflections are potted biographies of famous walkers, such as Nietzsche, Rimbaud & Gandhi. There are many literary references and the book finishes with a reading list to aid further explorations.
It's philosophy in the loosest sense, more like poetry: Gros loops over same ground, trying out different metaphors, attempting to capture the experience of walking in language. It's often pretentious and sometimes collapses into mystical vagueness, but it also displays a wonderful, life-affirming enthusiasm for its subject. It's hard to read without wanting to pull on your boots and head for the door.