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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".

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Stanton's (Spanish, U. of Kentucky) account of his 30-day pilgrimage by foot across northern Spain, following the route of the ancient Camino de Santiago, apparently in the late 1980s or early 1990s, and the spiritual journey that paralleled it. Lightly illustrated. No index.
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Stanton, Edward F.
University Press of Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. :
Description and travel
Europe - Spain & Portugal
Spain & Portugal
Pilgrims and pilgrimages
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Spain, Northern
Santiago de Compostela (Spain) Description and travel.
Santiago de Compostela
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Spain.
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
World History-Spain
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 195-197.
Series Volume:
vol. 1429
Publication Date:
9.36x6.41x.95 in. 1.15 lbs.

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