In Praise of Paths

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An ode to paths and the journeys we take through nature, as told by a gifted writer who stopped driving and rediscovered the joys of traveling by foot.

Torbjorn Ekelund started to walk-everywhere-after an epilepsy diagnosis affected his ability to drive. The more he ventured out, the more he came to love the act of walking, and an interest in paths emerged. In this poignant, meandering book, Ekelund interweaves the literature and history of paths with his own stories from the trail. As he walks with shoes on and barefoot, through forest creeks and across urban streets, he contemplates the early tracks made by ancient snails and traces the wanderings of Romantic poets, amongst other musings. If we still "understand ourselves in relation to the landscape," Ekelund asks, then what do we lose in an era of car travel and navigation apps? And what will we gain from taking to paths once again?

"A charming read, celebrating the relationship between humans and their bodies, their landscapes, and one another."
-The Washington Post

This book was made possible in part thanks to generous support from NORLA.
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Author Ekelund, Torbjorn
Availability IP
Department Natural History
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781771649957
Pages 248
Published 23/06/2022
Publisher Greystone Books
Section Natural History
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