Road of Stars to Santiago Hardcover – May 3 1994
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From Library Journal
Stanton (Hemingway and Spain, Univ. of Washington Pr., 1989) set out to walk The Road, that is, the Camino de Santiago. The Road is the way to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, which, the author says, may be the last holy city in the West. St. James's body was supposedly transported there after he was beheaded in Judea. Eight centuries later, a hermit, guided by the stars, found the apostle's tomb. A church was built, and ever since then Catholics and others have made the pilgrimage. The road has always been important but in recent times has become very popular. Stanton starts at St. Jean-Pied-de-Port in France, 500 miles from Santiago. On the way he meets many strangers, makes friends, and has a series of adventures. His guide is not a guide but a series of impressions that are accessible but not profound-nor are they intended to be. For anyone wishing to make the journey, this would be a good place to start.
George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"For those who know this area of Spain, Road of Stars to Santiago is a delightful revisiting of familiar sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. At the same time, it offers an intriguing introduction to the cult of St. James and insight into many aspects of Spain and Spanish life." -- "Bowling Green Daily News"
"The story of one man's pilgrimage, taken at a crisis point in his life.... A journey of the spirit as well as the body." -- "British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and S"
"A warmhearted book that is compelling and certainly beautiful." -- "Daily Yomiuri"
"The journey to Santiago de Compostela has beckoned pilgrims through the ages. Edward Stanton has joined this host of believers and recounts his adventures with stylish conviction." -- "James A. Michener"
"For anyone interested in making the journey, this would be a good place to start." -- "Library Journal"
"A beautifully written story that blends personal experience with folklore, legend, the wisdom of old chronicles and canny observations of life in modern Spain." -- "Back Home in Kentucky"See all Product Description
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For anyone interested in the Camino, hiking or just a well written yarn that's hard to put down, I give "Road of Stars to Santiago" two thumbs up!
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For my recent compilation of pilgrimage quotations ("Ultreia! Onward! Progress of the Pilgrim") I read all 40 or so contemporary English journal accounts available about the various routes. Stanton's is clearly within the first grouping of 8 or so best such books (i.e. largely those written by established authors and/or academics). And Stanton is immensely quotable; indeed, with 20 such abstracted for my review volume Ultreia!, the Road of Stars to Santiago was the single most quoted text of all.
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