Deep Travel : In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and Merrimack
In the hot summer of 2004, David Leff floated away from the routine of daily life just as Henry David Thoreau and his brother had done in their own small boat in 1839. Fortified with ThoreauOCOs observations as revealed in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Leff brought his own concept of mindful deep travel to these same New England waterways. His first-person narrative uses his ecological way of looking, of going deep rather than far, to show that our outward journeys are inseparable from our inward ones."
- Electronic book text | 281 pages
- 14 May 2014
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa City, United States
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"Borrowing one of David Leff's puns, I 'Thoreauly' enjoyed this book. "Deep Travel" carries the reader along on a strong current of narrative, and offers ample time to look over the gunwales and join the gliding waters in reflection. Leff follows Thoreau's paddle-strokes not only by traveling the same rivers, but by creating a 'fusion of inward and outward experience, ' incorporating essay-like musing about time and place--and the power of both stories and history to evoke them. "Deep Travel "is a primer on the art of 'sight-seeking' and 'forensic observation, ' and Leff offers penetrating readings of the river, the vernacular landscape, and Thoreau."--Ian Marshall, author, "Peak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need "and "Walden by Haiku"