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The old ways : a journey on foot

Author: Robert Macfarlane
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Travel writing
Named Person: Robert Macfarlane; Robert Macfarlane; Robert Macfarlane; Robert Macfarlane
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Macfarlane
ISBN: 9780670025114 0670025119
OCLC Number: 779263687
Description: xi, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Tracking (England) --
Track --
Path --
Chalk --
Silt --
Part II. Following (Scotland) --
Water, South --
Water, North --
Peat --
Gneiss --
Granite --
Part III. Roaming (Abroad) --
Limestone --
Roots --
Ice --
Part IV. Homing (England) --
Snow --
Flint --
Ghost --
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"In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. Told in Macfarlane's distinctive voice, 'The Old Ways' folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature. His walks 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. Along the way he crosses paths with walkers of many kinds--wanderers, pilgrims, guides, and artists. Above all this is a book about walking as a journey inward and the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Macfarlane discovers that paths offer not just a means of traversing space, but of feeling, knowing, and thinking."--Publisher description.

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