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The Joys of Walking: Essays by Hilaire Belloc, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, and Others

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"In wildness is the preservation of the world,"noted Henry DavidThoreau, whose famous epigram arose in "Walking,"his meditation on the relationship between civilization and nature. The great American poet and philosopher's essay appears in this footloose compilation, a celebration of the freedom to roam, stroll, strut, and wander.
These reflections by distinguished writers
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Dover Publications
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Don
Nov 20, 2014 Don rated it liked it
I am glad to have read this series of extracts and essays, partly because they take the reader into the pleasureable state which is the 'walker's mindset', but also for their historical perspective. For example, Charles Dickens writing about 'tramps' concerns an aspect of British social history not seen at the present day. Unfortunately, some aspects of Dickens' attitudes still remain!

In many cases, the writing style is rather dated, especially for someone used to later 20th century travel writi
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Stevie
May 03, 2012 Stevie rated it liked it
I only read Thoreau's essay, but I thought that the 44-page essay was well worth the read. It captivated me with its beautiful imagery and ability to connect to the reader with simple things like climbing a tree. This book was a bit strange, though. It would be talking about nature and the joys of walking and then it would go off on a tangent of how names don't matter or something of the sort. He did say some things that reminded me of important issues today. For example, “Above all, we cannot a ...more
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