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Road of Stars to Santiago Hardcover – May 3 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky (May 3 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813118719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813118710
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,512,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"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"

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Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating book, and will appeal both to those who love travel tales and those on a spiritual quest. No self-described holy man, the author is frank about doubting his faith and his ambivalence in making the pilgrimage. Yet you see throughout the book how the journey emptied then replinished him He draws vivid word pictures about the sights, smells and characters that he encounters. If you have a desire to drop out of the hustle and bustle of life to learn to listen to the great, glorious creation around you and the Creator above, then this book will make your feet itch to begin your personal pilgrimage. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and was enriched by the reading. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book and is a very useful guide to the pilgrimage. It is hard to find, and Amazon is doing a great service in trying to provide it for pilgrims. However extracts from the book with very useful information can be found at the Telegraph Online London web site in the TRAVEL section. Look search under Yahoo for Telegraph Online and then Browse the many pages and articles on the pilgrimage found under the travel section. The book is fully reviewed in the newspapers's travel pages, the site has many useful useful facts about the pilgrimage including a FAQ
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Format: Hardcover
When I bought this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd already purchased a couple of pilgrim guides but was hungry for more readable material. This isn't a pilgrim guide but rather a sort of journal of the author's experiences on the Way of St. James.
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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Format: Hardcover
This book is powerful in its simplicity. Stanton's journey is mundane, but from the people he meets and the sites he visits, we learn much about life and travel.Books on the pilgrimage are plenty now, but I would recommend this one for the everyday traveler taking the path.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb27f6a20) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa67f39f0) out of 5 stars A great story on a the camino de Santiago Jan. 28 1998
By freethinkers@starhosting.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book and is a very useful guide to the pilgrimage. It is hard to find, and Amazon is doing a great service in trying to provide it for pilgrims. However extracts from the book with very useful information can be found at the Telegraph Online London web site in the TRAVEL section. Look search under Yahoo for Telegraph Online and then Browse the many pages and articles on the pilgrimage found under the travel section. The book is fully reviewed in the newspapers's travel pages, the site has many useful useful facts about the pilgrimage including a FAQ
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6675cfc) out of 5 stars Path of hope April 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is powerful in its simplicity. Stanton's journey is mundane, but from the people he meets and the sites he visits, we learn much about life and travel.Books on the pilgrimage are plenty now, but I would recommend this one for the everyday traveler taking the path.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bf3714) out of 5 stars Armchair pilgrims, read on! Nov. 29 2002
By Robert A. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating book, and will appeal both to those who love travel tales and those on a spiritual quest. No self-described holy man, the author is frank about doubting his faith and his ambivalence in making the pilgrimage. Yet you see throughout the book how the journey emptied then replinished him He draws vivid word pictures about the sights, smells and characters that he encounters. If you have a desire to drop out of the hustle and bustle of life to learn to listen to the great, glorious creation around you and the Creator above, then this book will make your feet itch to begin your personal pilgrimage. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and was enriched by the reading. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d2d6b4) out of 5 stars the best all round camino book? April 9 2007
By Robert L. France - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book I read about the Camino and it remains, more than a decade and 40 similar texts later, still one of the very best such. If one is to read a single straightforward journal account I can think of no better introduction to the subject.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2009504) out of 5 stars I agree, one of the very best one could read re El Camino June 17 2009
By esar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's probably a bit dated is several areas now, I imagine, but this warm and witty account of Edward Staunton's journey on El Camino is an excellent work. One has to wonder why it's not been issued in paperback so that it might reach a wider audience? I read the library copy several times before plunking down the money for the hardcover edition. Certainly it whet my appetite for making the journey, something which I plan finally to do next summer.


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