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By Frédéric Gros

Title note: unique identify Marcher, Une Philosophie
Author note: John Howe (Translator)
Publish 12 months note: First released 2009

"It is barely rules won from jogging that experience any worth."--Nietzsche

In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, best philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the various alternative ways we get from A to B -- the pilgrimage, the prom, the protest march, the character ramble -- and divulges what they are saying approximately us.

Gros attracts awareness to different thinkers who additionally observed strolling as whatever relevant to their perform. On his travels he ponders Thoreau's keen seclusion in Walden Woods; the explanation Rimbaud walked in a fury, whereas Nerval rambled to medication his depression. He indicates us how Rousseau walked as a way to imagine, whereas Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to put in writing. by contrast, Kant marched via his place of origin on a daily basis, precisely on the comparable hour, to flee the compulsion of idea. remarkable and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an wonderful and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the other.

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We pulled on extra jumpers beneath our waterproofs, retreating with our chairs and table to huddle beneath the base of the tent, exchanging disconsolate glances as the blobs of water bounced half way up the ladder. ’ I said. ’ Only, it wasn’t. During the night the deluge was ceaseless. And yet, even the sound of the rain failed to mask the barking dogs or, at some un-godly hour, a group of Swedes drunkenly roaming from one camping car, located in a far corner, to another camping car, located in the corner diagonally opposite.

By two o’clock in the morning, via a route covering a good deal of North Africa, Jean-Pierre and Susie stood before us in the airport arrivals hall, all their bags present and in one piece. It was good to see them. Finally we were a team. JP, snug in his brown tweed jacket, reading glasses pushed to his forehead, beamed when he told us all the airports they had set down at in the last twelve hours. Susie was less enthusiastic. We gathered the luggage, hustled from the terminal and headed towards town.

Whilst Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli were all protectorates of the Ottoman Empire, Salé declared independence, calling itself ‘The Republic of Bou Regreg’. Salé was divided into three separate republics; Old Salé, on the north bank of the river, fell under the spiritual and political authority of Muhammad al-Ayyashi, a young man distinguished for his piety. Legend tells of how the day came when he set aside his Koran, found himself a trusty horse, and rode off to make jihad with Spain and Portugal, becoming a great hero in Moroccan folklore.

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