Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Walking with PlatoPaperback – July 12, 2016 by
From the Publisher. All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.’ So said Friedrich Nietzsche, and so thought philosophy buff Gary Hayden as he set off on Britain’s most challenging trek: to walk from John o’Groats to Land’s End.
But it wasn’t all quaint country lanes, picture-postcard villages and cosy bed and breakfasts. Disillusioned after another grueling day, his feet blistered and his back aching from lugging camping gear, he sought solace in the words of Plato: ‘Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.’
In this humorous, uplifting and delightfully British tale, Gary finds solitude and weary limbs bring him closer to the wisdom of the world’s greatest thinkers. Recalling Rousseau’s reverie, Bertrand Russell’s misery, Epicurus’ joy in simplicity and Thoreau’s love of the wilderness, Walking with Plato offers a breath of fresh, country air for anyone craving an escape from the humdrum of everyday life.
Why I’m Waiting. I read about this today in PW Religion Bookline. Here’s what they had to say: Coming from OneWorld in July, Walking with Plato by journalist Gary Hayden features reflections on the world’s greatest thinkers, such as Buddhist poet Matsuo Basho, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bertrand Russell, and Henry David Thoreau. While ruminating on the words of the famed philosophers, Hayden chronicles his spiritual growth by sharing beliefs about faith, beauty, and the meaning of life, all of which occurred to him while walking over 11,000 miles from Britain’s John O’Groates to Land’s End. “Most of us, nowadays, feel compelled to fill every waking moment of our lives with TV, music, Facebook, text messages, tweets, and apps,” he writes. “But long-distance walking changed all of that for me.”
Hooked me. Pre-ordered. I am intrigued by the whole pilgrimage and this is the first time I will be reading about a trek to Land’s End. 11,000 miles. I’m lucky to get my 10,000 steps in each day. What about you?