- Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles June 2017
Camino Portugues May 2019
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:
“...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?
I typed it and I have no idea. I probably meant CdS [Camino de Santiago]. Alas, the path of intention from brain to fingers is a slow and meandering amble.I suspect I am being dense but just tell me what CtD is please?
I ordered this, and it would be great to chat about it once I get it!I am kind of wrestling with this book... And I'm trying to keep this post short.
After 200+ pages the author finally meets a collection of fellow hikers (maybe cyclists, also) with whom he enjoys a nice evening. In earlier pages almost nothing about interactions with other walkers/pilgrims except the nearly dismissive and snarky mention of those he met in Reims (this part of @jgpryde's post). His experience in this regard is so very different from mine, where the intereactions with others has really been the thing I have enjoyed most about hiking the Camino routes.
I personally left Catholicism about 55 years ago and have never looked back. But in this book Egan, a lapsed Catholic of some years, seems to be drawn back to it (Catholicism) again and again as he transits the VF and dives deeply into the historic abuses foisted upon non-Catholic peoples by the union of the church hierarchy and royal heads of city states or geographic entities.
The author has now crossed into Italy where he has some language ability and his outlook seems to have become sunnier. I look forward to seeing where his journey of the mind takes him. And me.
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