El Camino: Walking to Santiago de Compostela Hardcover – Apr 6 1998
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From Library Journal
At the age of 65 in the spring of 1993, Hoinacki, an American, walked the same path that pilgrims have been following to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, since the Middle Ages. As a former Domincan priest, political science professor, and subsistence farmer, Hoinacki had been searching for spiritual satisfaction in many ways and wanted to find out what the pilgrims experienced in their travels to the burial place of St. James. His work is a day-by-day account of his solitary travels from St. Jean de Pied Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, in 32 days and across 500 miles. Hoinacki set out with little preparation and equipment so he could be open to all that the walk offered. His reflections involve, among other things, what modern technology and integration into Europe have done to Spanish tradition and civilization and the value of pain in personal spiritual growth. He also felt the presence of pilgrims from long ago walking with him and helping him when times were hard. Recommended for larger travel, Spanish studies, and religion and philosophy collections.?William R. Smith, Johns Hopkins Univ. Lib., Baltimore, Md.
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About the Author
Lee Hoinacki is a former Dominican priest, professor of political science, and subsistence farmer. He holds degrees in philosophy, political science, Latin American Studies, and theology and has taught at Sangamon State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Penn State University, and, in Germany, at the University of Oldenburg and the University of Bremen.
Top Customer Reviews
As travel writing, it's perfectly adequate.You do feel like you are inside his head, brushing up against his thoughts and perceptions, occasionally tripping on his prejudices as he ambles through the 500 some odd miles from the French border to Santiago de Compostela. If you do decide to pick up this book, make sure you also read something that presents the camino and the people on it through different perspectives. I'm sure you could find a book about the camino that is a little less judgemental.
As religious reflection, well, let's just say it's no Seven Storey Mountain and leave it at that.
P.S. I got my copy at Wide World Books and Maps in Seattle.
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