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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

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The acclaimed author of The Wild Places examines the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move.

In this exquisitely written book, which folds together natural history, cartography, geology, and literature, Robert Macfarlane sets off to follow the ancient routes that crisscross both the landscape of the British Isles and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the voices that haunt old paths and the stories our tracks tell. Macfarlane's journeys take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. He matches strides with the footprints made by a man five thousand years ago near Liverpool, sails an open boat far out into the Atlantic at night, and commingles with walkers of many kinds, discovering that paths offer a means not just of traversing space but also of feeling, knowing, and thinking.

Review:

“With a steady command of the literature and history of each place he visits, [Macfarlane] tries ‘to read landscapes back into being.’ His sentences bristle with the argot of cartographers, geologists, zoologists, and botanists.” The New Yorker

Review:

“Macfarlane explores the meditative aspects of being a pedestrian…not so much a travelogue as a travel meditation, it favors lush prose, colorful digressions…if you’ve ever had the experience, while walking, of an elusive thought finally coming clear or an inspiration surfacing after a long struggle, The Old Ways will speak to you — eloquently and persuasively.” The Seattle Times

Review:

“A backpack of assorted expeditions charted by a writer whose poetic and scientific skills are equal to one another…there are some splendid set pieces.” The Wall Street Journal

Review:

“In this intricate, sensuous, haunted book, each journey is part of other journeys and there are no clear divisions to be made…the walking of paths is, to [Macfarlane], an education, and symbolic, too, of the very process by which we learn things: testing, wandering about a bit, hitting our stride, looking ahead and behind.” Alexandra Harris, The Guardian

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and has contributed to the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Harpers as well as the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. The Pace of Thoughts

1. Tracing a Headland: An Introduction

3. The Mind at Three Miles an Hour

3. Rising and Falling: The Theorists of Bipedalism

4. The Uphill Road to Grace: Some Pilgrimages

5. Labyrinths and Cadillacs: Walking into the Realm of the Symbolic

II. From the Garden to the Wild

6. The Path Out of the Garden

7. The Legs of William Wordsworth

8. A Thousand Miles of Conventional Sentiment: The Literature of Walking

9. Mount Obscurity and Mount Arrival

10. Of Walking Clubs and Land Wars

III. Lives of the Streets

11. The Solitary Stroller and the City

12. Paris, or Botanizing on the Asphalt

13. Citizens of the Streets: Parties, Processions, and Revolutions

14. Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex, and Public Space

IV. Past the End of the Road

15. Aerobic Sisyphus and the Suburbanized Psyche

16. The Shape of a Walk

17. Las Vegas, or the Longest Distance Between Two Points

Notes

Index

Sources for Foot Quotations

Product Details

ISBN:
9780147509796
Subtitle:
A Journey on Foot
Author:
Macfarlane, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130924
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Penguin Books - English 9780147509796 Reviews:
"Review" by , “With a steady command of the literature and history of each place he visits, [Macfarlane] tries ‘to read landscapes back into being.’ His sentences bristle with the argot of cartographers, geologists, zoologists, and botanists.”
"Review" by , “Macfarlane explores the meditative aspects of being a pedestrian…not so much a travelogue as a travel meditation, it favors lush prose, colorful digressions…if you’ve ever had the experience, while walking, of an elusive thought finally coming clear or an inspiration surfacing after a long struggle, The Old Ways will speak to you — eloquently and persuasively.”
"Review" by , “A backpack of assorted expeditions charted by a writer whose poetic and scientific skills are equal to one another…there are some splendid set pieces.”
"Review" by , “In this intricate, sensuous, haunted book, each journey is part of other journeys and there are no clear divisions to be made…the walking of paths is, to [Macfarlane], an education, and symbolic, too, of the very process by which we learn things: testing, wandering about a bit, hitting our stride, looking ahead and behind.”
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