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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    I've been walking everyday for 32 years. It's become both how I

    I've been walking everyday for 32 years. It's become both how I think and how I meditate. In Robert Macfarlane 
    I've discovered a friend to walk with. 

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    You'll want to head for the closest trailhead when you're done with this book!

    I greatly enjoyed this book for two reasons. First, it is filled with beautiful writing that conveys factual content in a style that is almost poetic. The writing is rich and gorgeous in conveying the author’s appreciation of the many places he visits and the people with whom he both travels with and encounters. Speaking as someone who has done several long-distance walks in England, I could easily relate to many of the details contained in his essays. At the end of each narrative I felt as though I had finished a walk with Mr. Macfarlane, having recollections of the smell of sea salt on beach ambles, the bite of mountain air during his visit to Tibet and an intimate knowledge of the many interesting people he encountered on these walks (this is one of my favorite aspects of walking). Macfarlane’s book belongs on the bookshelf of anybody who enjoys walking or exploring. A glossary of technical terms (how often do you use words like chorton or hodology in your everyday speech?) is presented as an appendix, but I’ve seldom read a book with a richer non-technical lexicon than this one, and wish now I’d kept a list of the many new words encountered. But be warned…this book can easily lead to a sudden urge to put down your readings and head out the door for the nearest trailhead, park or country road. That’s a great flaw to have in any book on walking or exploration.

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