Funny, discursive and self-deprecating.....,
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This review is from: The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, Literature, Theory and Practice of Pedestrianism (Paperback)
The subtitle to this book is: The History, Science, Philosophy, Literature, Theory and Practice of Pedestrianism. This makes it all sound much more grand and serious than it is. This is a chatty, funny, discursive look at walking. He reflects on walks he has done, and how walking has influenced writers, poets, artists and musicians. We learn about competitive walking, walking as a religious experience and walking as an endurance test. He is self-deprecating - even confessing to us how he got lost for several hours in the Australian bush. This was because he was only setting out for a short stroll but quickly lost all sense of direction.
He makes fun of those who claim incredible benefits from "walking in nature" and asks what they mean by nature: "Frozen wastes? Disease-ridden jungle? Malarial swamp? Flood plains and tornado alleys?" But many of us prefer a few miles with grass underfoot, surrounded by trees and fields with distant views rather than the same distance round our local city streets.
The Lost Art of Walking is written with lots of wit and good humour. I loved the chapter on Psychogeography and the New York festival devoted to it that he attends. As I suspected this subject is more psycho than geography!
An excellent read for all pedestrians!