My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mr. Moore thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009.
The 27 page Prologue focuses on that hike and leads to Moore’s interest in paths and trails in general.
The 39 page Epilogue is a highly interesting report of the latter life habits ( both on and off trail ) of a legendary thru-hiker, M.J. Eberhart, better knows as Nimblewill Nomad. At the age of 60, Eberhard retires as an eye doctor specializing in cataract surgery and is reborn as The Nomad. He then hikes over 34,000 miles in 15 years and is still out there. Moore tracks The Nomad down and spends a few days hiking with him through Texas and shares those experiences along with direct quotes of Nomad philosophy with the reader.
In between the Prologue and the Epilogue is Moore’s research on trails and paths, human, and animal in a scholarly, razor-like analysis of why movement matters, and what movement means.
Moore is young guy who is already a a huge writer, who has won multiple awards for his nonfiction work. Thinking as a hiker, I found the whole book interesting, but the Prologue and Epilogue holds the best writing about long distance hiking and “hiker-trash” philosophy that this hiker has ever read.