Walking With Walser by Daphne GordonWalking With Walser by Daphne Gordon

Walking With Walser

byDaphne Gordon

Paperback | July 1, 2015

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Ursula, an eccentric, middle-aged writer, likes to walk almost as much as she likes to write. One day in the spring of 2013, possibly to avoid the digital network where she makes her living but also just because it's a beautiful day, Ursula puts her hat on her head and sets out along her favourite thoroughfare, Queen St. West, in Toronto. Walking, thinking, watching and talking, Ursula opens to her neighbourhood. She visits a bookstore, goes to the bank, has lunch with a friend, attends a dress fitting, posts a scathing letter to the mayor, and considers having her hair cut. She chants om. She picks flowers. Walking is Ursula's way of greeting Mother Nature. This is her way of honouring her favourite writer of all time, the flâneur Robert Walser. This is bliss. But every sunny day must come to an end, and every walk must turn homeward again. As a soft rain begins to fall, Ursula is overcome with grief, loss, and regret. Will she find relief from her pain? Will she run for mayor? Will she learn to skate? Most importantly, will Ursula finally learn to believe in love?
Title:Walking With WalserFormat:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.28 inPublished:July 1, 2015Publisher:WordsmithyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0994740301

ISBN - 13:9780994740304


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Wander I decided to read Walking With Walser in one sitting so as to emulate the experience of the walk in the neighbourhood that the book describes. I'm glad that I did, and I very much enjoyed the format of the book. As well as making me envy those that live in the Queen St. West area, it was a joy to float along with Ursula as she wanders along encountering the people and places of her neighbourhood. It was interesting to read the comparisons with Walser's work, but the book stands on its own. I definitely recommend it, and if you live in Toronto - you will find yourself nodding in recognition at many sections. My favourite word: Brobdingnagian (it's just not used that often any longer). Favourite phrase: "knowledgeable about its every crook and nanny".
Date published: 2016-04-20