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Planetwalker: How to Change Your World One Step at a Time based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
After witnessing an oil spill in 1971, the author gave up all forms of motorized transportation (even public transportation). Shortly thereafter, on his 27th birthday, he took a vow of silence. The book is an account of his personal journey, both internal and actual, for the next 22 years. It is largely drawn from the daily journal he kept while walking.When I read over my first draft of my review, I realized I had talked more about my feelings of his actions, and my opinions of his opinions than reviewing the actual book. I guess that can be taken as a sign of a successful book - any work of non-fiction that creates debate and discussion seems to me to be by definition a sucess.As far as the book goes, I would have liked it to tell more about the author's personal life and backround. But maybe I'm just nosey.In the margins of the book are line drawings and sketchs from his journal, which I found charming. I would like to see some of his works in color. Also in an aside, about once in each chapter, are a few sentences of advice - for example "Painting or drawing a scene or a landscape helps us experience where we are more fully. You can begin with a small sketchpad or blank bound book and watercolors. Don't be discouraged by you first attempts. Tomorrow is another day. Turn the page, walk, and remember to have fun. You will be amazed at where you find yourself." Also occassionally in the margins of the book were what seemed to be to be a random sentence from that page of the book - a printing practice that annoyed me - let me be the judge of which sentence is worth reading twice, not the editor or even the author.I'm curious about the timing of the book - it covers the period roughly from 1971 thru 1991, with an epilogue covering a few years after, Did he try to publish it earlier? Was it prompted by the current gas/oil situation? Overall I like reading the book - I like almost every memoir I read because I find it interesting to "meet" people I would otherwise not have the chance to know, and the topic of environmental awareness is always interesting too. So I would encourage anyone to read this book.
I met this author while he was giving a speech at some environmental summit. The very next day I went out to get his book and now it is one that I suggest to EVERYBODY. The way its written along with the artwork by the author make it so personal like reading his journal. It is also one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. Just amazing!!