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The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain’s version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way.
Walking "the backbone of England" by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet’s place in our bustling world. In Armitage’s own words, "to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self."
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By John S. on 03-02-15
Not necessarily what you might imagine
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, as I'm not a poetry guy at all, nor am I into extensive descriptions of nature. Well, neither of those were a problem here. There are some poems in the book, but only a few, so that I appreciated the poetry readings he gave along the way. Book is especially recommended for poetry fans, as well as those with a string interest in the English countryside. Audio narration a terrific fit - I kept forgetting Armitage wasn't reading this himself.
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By Michael on 11-13-17
Better the second time through
I agree with what other reviewers have said, it takes a bit for this book to take hold. I read the hardcover when it came out, enjoyed it, but forgot about it pretty fast. Then I saw this audiobook and went in for a second journey. The narrator helped bring this book to life for me and I've very much enjoyed my second take on the book. The prose is wonderful, descriptive and takes that British tradition of poking fun at oneself to heart.
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