All the Good Pilgrims: Tales of the Camino de Santiago Paperback – April 20 2007
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- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0887622526
- ISBN-13 : 978-0887622526
- Item Weight : 363 g
- Product Dimensions : 13.54 x 1.93 x 19.76 cm
- Publisher : Thomas Allen Publishers (April 20 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #667,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert Ward is the author of Virgin Trails: A Secular Pilgrimage, an agnostic's guide to the worship of the Virgin Mary. His writing has appeared in newspapers and journels including the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Queen's Quarterly. He has lived in Japan, traveled widely in Europe and Asia, and can muddle along in several languages. When he isn't on pilgrimage, he lives quietly in Toronto with his wife, Michiko.
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Way worth the read to experience the Camino vicariously. Got many good quotes from it that i have used in public speaking.
For a number of years the author resisted the lure of the Camino, feeling spiritually unqualified, but in 1999 walked from St. Jean to Santiago and found that as in times past, sinners, heretics and non-believers were welcome as well as the faithful. In 2000 he walked again, twice. A ten day segment, and then again from St. Jean to Santiago. This time gathering information for Virgin Trails, a book following depictions of the Virgin Mary. In 2003 he returned for a two-week walk, and in 2005 he returned again to walk the entire route from St. Jean, this time taking notes for All the Good Pilgrims.
The main thrust of All the Good Pilgrims is the 2005 journey, and the people the author meets, but a secondary thread is the search for people and places from earlier trips. The author clearly has a good command of French and Spanish, as well as English, so he talks to everyone, the bartenders, the pilgrims, the people in the street, and they all have something to say. There is a humanity in the way people are depicted. It is easy to caricature other travelers, particularly if you don't understand their language and are never going to see them again. The people in All the Good Pilgrims come across as real people, sometimes flawed, sometimes funny, but treated with respect.
In most Camino books, I get caught up in the author's experiences as they overcome the various obstacles the Camino puts up. The feeling is a little different in this book. The other walkers the author meets during his walk keep popping up. Some are never seen again, but I am following all those pilgrims across Spain, not just the author.
This is a good read. Normally when I finish a good book, it goes on my wife's in pile. This time she wanted it when I finished, but I went back to page one and read it again.