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Road of Stars to Santiago (Hardback)
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Road of Stars to Santiago (Hardback)

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Hardback 197 Pages / Published: 30/05/1994
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His life was a shambles, he felt exhausted by work, his marriage was foundering. So he prepared a backpack, found a walking staff and departed on a 30-day, 500-mile journey along the Camino de Santiago, the route across northern Spain that has been followed by pilgrims for at least a thousand years. He knew what he was fleeing from, not what he was seeking. The Camino would teach him that and many other things. Walking by day, he slept in pilgrims' hospices at night, in boarding houses, in abandoned schools and churches or under the stars. As he moved forward in space, he seemed to be going backwards into time. He went through country where villages and people have barely changed since the Middle Ages, landscapes that James Michener has called the best in Spain and some of the finest in the world. Although he began his trip alone, Edward F. Stanton soon discovered that pilgrimage means fellowship as well as solitude: his journey coincided with the modern revival of the Camino de Santiago. Along the way he met a Spanish astrologer who taught him to find his own rhythm in walking, the abbess of a convent who offered him sage advice for the road, a pair of French women in search of a new life, peasants and shepherds with the knowledge of centuries. Road of Stars to Santiago is a beautifully written story that blends personal experience with folklore, legend, the wisdom of old chronicles and canny observations of life in modern Spain. It is at once a travel memoir, a picaresque adventure, a modern quest, a rite of passage and initiation into what has been called "the premier cultural route of Europe."

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813118710
Number of pages: 197
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 24 mm


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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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