Walking with Plato by Gary Hayden

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Observing Hayden relearning how to delight in “simply being” may offer satisfaction for some readers, but the overall narrative comes across as trite and unoriginal. Enthusiastic but lackluster travel writing.
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"A helpful and delightful reminder of the important things in life."
—The Washington Post

" A compelling reminder that serious reading sustains—even transforms—lived experience.”
— Booklist

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.
 

About Gary Hayden

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Gary Hayden is a journalist and popular philosopher. He has written for The Times Educational Supplement, The Scotsman and Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times, amongst other publications. The author of You Kant Make It Up!: Strange Ideas from History’s Great Philosophers, he lives in Cheshire, England.
 
Published May 16, 2016 by Oneworld Publications. 240 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Law & Philosophy, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 18 2016

Observing Hayden relearning how to delight in “simply being” may offer satisfaction for some readers, but the overall narrative comes across as trite and unoriginal. Enthusiastic but lackluster travel writing.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jun 24 2017

The work contains some truly amusing anecdotes and lovely writing, but might feel tedious and confusing to some American readers due to its long collections of British geographical references.

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