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The Road to Santiago (National Geographic Directions)

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Displaying her "real talent for conjuring far-flung times and places," Kathryn Harrison tells the mesmerizing story of her 200-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. In the spring of 1999, Kathryn Harrison set out to walk the centuries-old pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. "Not a vacation, " she calls it, "but a time out of time." With a heavy pack, no hotel reservations, and little Spanish, she wanted an experience that would be both physically and psychically demanding. No pain, no gain, she thought, and she had some important things to contemplate. But the pilgrim road was spattered with violets and punctuated by medieval churches and alpine views, and, despite the exhaustion, aching knees, and brutal sun, she was unexpectedly flooded with joy and gratitude for life's gifts. "Why do I like this road?" she writes. "Why do I love it? What can be the comfort of understanding my footprint as just one among the millions? ... While I'm walking I feel myself alive, feel my small life burning brightly." Throughout this deeply personal and revealing memoir of her journey, first made alone and later in the company of her daughter, Harrison blends striking images of the route and her fellow pilgrims with reflections on the redemptive power of pilgrimages, mortality, family, the nature of endurance, the past and future, the mystery of friendship. The Road to Santiago is an exquisitely written, courageous, and irresistible portrait of a personal pilgrimage in search of a broader understanding of life and self.

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A mesmerizing story of her 200-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water. She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Knot, a travel memoir, Saint Therese of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, and other publications. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780792237457
Author:
Newhouse, Symmie
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Europe - Spain & Portugal
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Subject:
Spain, Northern
Subject:
Santiago de Compostela
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Spain.
Subject:
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Series:
National Geographic Directions
Series Volume:
107-16
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.22x5.65x.76 in. .75 lbs.

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