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on 2 November 2009
Solnit is a marvel. In this book about walking, what it means to walk, changing views about walking, different kinds of walking, she has created a beautiful weaving together of all sorts of topics, from evolutionary development - which came first, being bipedal, or cognition; the development of gardens, and what that said about European society; literature, the Enlightenment and the Romantic Movement; reading the landscape as an artwork; womens' freedom to walk; the sexualising of walking - streetwalkers; the spirituality of walking - pilgrimages, labyrinths. And more. Much more.

I read this book with a permanent smile fixed on my face, in delight at the fascinating ideas she unfolds, whilst wearing her extensive research extremely lightly and gracefully.

Its a book you could either devour, cover to cover, or dip into, to explore aspects which particularly fascinate you.

Make sure you read it with a pen/highlighter in hand, as you may feel the need to mark and highlight lots. Her writing is erudite, beautiful and inspired.
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on 24 April 2017
Really well-written and hence very readable. Throws light on all kinds of related issues. You will be really glad you have read this...
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on 19 November 2015
Brilliant read. Solnit weaves together huge amounts of historical and cultural research with warm relevant anecdote to create this very enjoyable read. I've given to several others as a gift. The joy of walking without leaving the warmth of the sofa.
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on 3 August 2017
Wide-ranging, deeply philosophical and stimulating. It is a book for dipping into, reading selectively sometimes (with some skimming and skipping possibly!).
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on 21 March 2018
Transcends the physical act of walking into revelations for the mind
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on 30 July 2016
Random wandering through time, history and places. Easy to read and informative.
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on 15 April 2013
I love Solnit's writing, great and interesting read, would absolutely recommend to anyone who wants to read something fairly easy to read but want's to also learn a lot.
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on 21 March 2015
Fascinating!
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on 30 November 2014
Great book
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on 2 February 2015
As described, Thank you
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