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The Walker Reviews

The Walker by Matthew Beaumont

The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City

Matthew Beaumont

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1 review

Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 28 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781788738910

A literary history of walking From Dickens to Zizek

3 stars out of 5
Sean O'Hagan
30 Nov 2020

"Beaumont takes the reader on a labyrinthine journey into the literature of walking and thinking that thankfully strays far from the now well-trodden terrain of psychogeography"

Beaumont’s wide-ranging narrative is structured around intriguingly themed chapters – Going Astray, Wandering, Fleeing, Stumbling, etc. This allows him to roam far and wide, exploring the city as a place in which to lose, reinvent and run from oneself. As anyone who has read Dostoevsky or noir crime fiction will know, the city can also become a character in itself, reflecting and dramatising a protagonist’s sense of alienation, fear or paranoia. Disappointingly, Dostoevsky and Raymond Chandler, whose Los Angeles is both a living, breathing city and a state of mind, only warrant passing mentions in Beaumont’s otherwise exhaustively well-researched narrative...