Non Fiction

The Gentle Art of Tramping by Stephen Graham

In my quest to read a variety of books, I picked this one out when it was available. I was sitting on it for quite a while before I actually opened it up. Once I started, though, it was easy going. Not the quickest read but that is almost the point of it all!
This is work on non-fiction, advice on how to ‘tramp’ originally published in 1926. The time in which this explanation is based colours the content, and I highly doubt any of the recommendations can now be carried out in our current world.
The chapters are divided by the different requirements to backpacking across unknown places including and not limited to the directions one should take or the contents of their pockets. Once I started reading it chapter wise with breaks in between, I enjoyed being transported to a different time and place. I know nothing about the author but relished the glimpses he gave into the way he thought based on his suggestions. The writing is simple and straightforward, as is the content. I have never been fond of the idea of roughing it; my requirement for a functioning and clean toilet always trumping the need for adventure. I have friends who do things like that, and they might actually like this quaint version of their activities almost precisely a hundred years ago.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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