We Are Pilgrims: Journeys in Search of Ourselves (Paperback)Victoria Preston (author)
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Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'In a series of lively sketches, [Preston] shows that pilgrimage is intertwined with some very basic human impulses, from the seasonal migration of nomads, to the contemporary rite of passage of a teenager going to a music festival.' -- Times Literary Supplement
'A wide-ranging and well-researched study [that] offers plenty of practical reasons for [the] continued popularity of [pilgrimages].'
'[This] valuable new book ... reminds us that pilgrimage remains the best metaphor we have for understanding our peregrinations through the stations of life.' -- LA Review of Books
'Preston is widely read and widely travelled, and writes with considerable erudition, drawing both on learning and her own experience. But this book is as remarkable for its lyricism and the beauty of its prose as it is for the information and insights it contains.' -- Pilgrims to Rome
'Beautifully written, this book reflects on the multiple meanings and textures of pilgrimage as a literary, religious and cultural experience binding people and memory throughout history.' -- Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh
'Pilgrimage is a much misunderstood human urge. It is an activity not so much of faith as of purpose: the use of the body in a ceremony of emotion, discovery and renewal, culminating in the metaphor of destination. Its appeal is for all time, to everyone, everywhere--and so is Victoria Preston's splendid book.' -- Simon Jenkins, 'Guardian' and 'Evening Standard' columnist
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