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Pilgrim Stories: On and Off the Road to Santiago, Journeys Along an Ancient Way in Modern Spain Paperback – Dec 30 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (Dec 30 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520217519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520217515
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Reading Pilgrim Stories is as close as one will ever get to the sights, sounds, anxieties, pains and deeper meanings of the Santiago pilgrimage, short of making the pilgrimage oneself. This is probably the most comprehensive as well as the most vivid account of the pilgrimage ever written. . . . A triumph of anthropological fieldwork unraveling a fine web of cultural and spiritual meanings."—Robert Bellah, author of Habits of the Heart

"The best thing about this book is the author's ear and attentiveness. She takes her often confused and disoriented subjects seriously, and in her reporting allows us to glimpse the dissatisfactions and frustrations of the contemporary West."—William A. Christian, Jr., author of Visionaries

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"Reading "Pilgrim Stories is as close as one will ever get to the sights, sounds, anxieties, pains and deeper meanings of the Santiago pilgrimage, short of making the pilgrimage oneself. This is probably the most comprehensive as well as the most vivid account of the pilgrimage ever written. . . . A triumph of anthropological fieldwork unraveling a fine web of cultural and spiritual meanings."--Robert Bellah, author of "Habits of the Heart

"The best thing about this book is the author's ear and attentiveness. She takes her often confused and disoriented subjects seriously, and in her reporting allows us to glimpse the dissatisfactions and frustrations of the contemporary West."--William A. Christian, Jr., author of "Visionaries

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I found this book to be very helpful to me as I am in the planning stages of walking El Camino in 2000. Although I believe that too much stress is put on the spiritual and religious aspect of the walk a lot of practical information is provided as well. I was especially pleased to learn about the infrastructure which has been recently developed to assist Pilgrims. Ms. Frey has researched the subject to a great extent and puts a very positive light on this interesting subject. She has also presented numerous of the varied motives for tackling this venture.
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I FIRST READ THIS BOOK IN 2002 IN PREPARATION FOR WALKING THE CAMINO. IT WAS A TERRIFIC READ AND IT GAVE ME SOMEWHAT OF AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT, ALTHOUGH NO BOOK IS ACTUALLY GOING TO PREPARE YOU FOR THIS ADVENTURE. IT DOES DEAL SOMEWHAT WITH THE SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL SIDE OF THE CAMINO, BUT IT IS YOUR OWN SPIRITUALITY NOT ORGANIZED RELIGIONS THAT IS ADDRESSED. IT IS FULL OF HISTORY AND TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF, AS BEST YOU CAN. MY FAVOURITE IS CHAPTER 8 WHICH DEALS WITH COMING HOME. MANY HAVE SAID THAT THE REAL JOURNEY BEGINS WHEN YOU GET HOME, AND THEY ARE DEAD RIGHT.I FOUND THIS BOOK A COMFORT AFTER I GOT HOME, REREADING CHAPTERS AND WISHING I WAS STILL IN SPAIN. IT UNDERSTOOD HOW I FELT WHEN THOSE AT HOME DID`NT. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE CONSIDERING THE CAMINO AND TO ANYONE JUST INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHAT IT`S ABOUT.

BUEN CAMINO
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2f3e540) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0xa2d96210) out of 5 stars Well researched and a fascinating read May 20 2000
By Anne T. Edmonds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who's walked or thought about walking Spain's greatest long distance walk, the Camino de Santiago will love this book. A young woman who walked this medieval pilgrimage route recommended this book. I began to understand her enthusiasm for this modern-day adventure--a road trip on foot through Spain's majestic lands, visiting the past and the present and meeting all sorts of fascinating people. Anthropologist Nancy Frey has managed to bring the experience to vivid life conjuring the sights, sounds, emotions, exhilarations and disappointments of modern pilgrims as they trek across Spain in search of themselves, God, happiness or whatever else may be meaningful to them. Frey follows hundreds of pilgrims during and after their walk and tackles the questions of what happens once people go home and they trace their lives back to their points of origin around the world--Brazil, Germany, UK, US and, of course, Spain. I highly recommend this book!
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HASH(0xa2d96264) out of 5 stars Very worthwhile for a prospective Pilgrim. Feb. 17 1999
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Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very helpful to me as I am in the planning stages of walking El Camino in 2000. Although I believe that too much stress is put on the spiritual and religious aspect of the walk a lot of practical information is provided as well. I was especially pleased to learn about the infrastructure which has been recently developed to assist Pilgrims. Ms. Frey has researched the subject to a great extent and puts a very positive light on this interesting subject. She has also presented numerous of the varied motives for tackling this venture.
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HASH(0xa2d96438) out of 5 stars A fine overview Nov. 7 2008
By Karl Stonebraker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nancy Frey's Pilgrim Stories was a great resource for me before I hiked the Camino this past summer. There isn't another book like it on the market for this (granted, fairly narrow) market. It's not a day-by-day guide and it's not a spiritual recollection of one's personal experience. There are lots of those out there. But it offers some readable history and anthropology and some reflective criticisms on the Camino. She has a long personal history with the Camino, both as a pilgrim and as a volunteer. If the reader is looking for an accessible, educated account of the Camino de Santiago, one will do well to read Nancy Frey.
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HASH(0xa2d96a5c) out of 5 stars The best book on the Camino for its depth of analysis March 27 2014
By Mary Ashby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm going on the Camino next month and have been reading everything about it I could get my hands on. This book is the very best, going into a level of depth that is extraordinary. I got it on Kindle and now I want a paperback copy. I highly recommend this.
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HASH(0xa2d96a08) out of 5 stars One of the Best! June 2 2015
By GreenColleen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very academic book! I loved it. It is filled with details that a scholar has researched. There are no other books like it! It is a must if you are a reader and are walking the Camino!


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