I received the book, in print form, today. A susbtantial work! I will have to defer reading it until coming back from walking Invierno...... But I am looking forward to it.I read the book this week. Interesting and occasionally quite challenging. Not a simple travelogue: many diversions into church history and theological issues. Egan also steps off the Via Francigena to visit Geneva and Florence and tells something of their religious history too.
Indeed, I think books with “Pilgrimage” in the title s/b a special sub-genre of Travelogue as they cover both physical and emotional territory.I read the book this week. Interesting and occasionally quite challenging. Not a simple travelogue:
Gosh, are we really that...tribal?“...they exude a sense of superiority. When I explain to a sunbaked Scandinavian that I’m taking the camino less traveled, he gives me a dismissive eye roll, as if I’m on an inferior road to revelation.”
Sadly the answer is sometimes "yes". After finishing the Camino Primitivo I met a young man in Santiago who had just walked from SJPDP. On hearing I had walked from Oviedo he asked if I had any plans to walk "the real Camino" sometime.....Gosh, are we really that...tribal?