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Posted July 20, 2007
I just got back from two weeks in England, which was my first trip there. I had bought several books about that country, its culture, people and history. Walking to Canterbury was by far the most fascinating and informative. The author WALKS the route of the Canterbury Tales and the book is jumping with wonderful bits and details about life in England in the Middle Ages. He even make old Chaucer himself come to life.The readers also feels the sense of adventure to make the modern trek an intrigue and delight. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2006
I had to read this book for an English class in high school and loved it. Up till this point I had thought Chaucer was a drag. This book, however, made Chaucer seem like a cool guy. I especially liked the parts about sex and making fun of monks. The author also spent a lot of time with teenagers on his walk and let them speak their own minds, even about carrying around a rubber penis and getting drunk by the river with dancing and general raising hell. I am not religious, but this book also touched my heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2005
I had to read this as a summer reading book for school and it ranks up as one of the worst books i have ever read. The author keeps jumping around to modern and medieval and it is terribly boring. i suppose if you weren't 16 though, it might not be as horrendous. Don't read if you want a fast moving book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2004
This book embraces the best of life: people, history, adventure and the spiritual, all the way from London to Canterbury. It also has a charming and wry sense of humor. It digs into the origin of words as well. Did you know that the legal term, loophole, comes from the slit in a castle wall where a medieval archer could shoot a deadly arrow into the enemy down below on the ground?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2004
If you're intrigued with medieval England, when people took pilgrimages, believed in miracles, magic herbs, sea monsters, guiding stars and didn't have a clue what caused the Black Death, then this journey is just right for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2003
Some people search for truth in church, some in books, some in meditation. Jerry Ellis seeks his truths on foot, on long, mostly solitary walks on trails laden with personal and historical meaning. In his 1991 book _Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears_, he traced the deadly march his Cherokee ancestors were forced to make. In his newest book, _Walking to Canterbury_, he sets off to rediscover his English roots by retracing the 60-mile trek from London to Canterbury made by thousands of pilgrims in medieval times, and immortalized in Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_. I found _Walking to Canterbury_ captivating. From the start, it's clear that Ellis' quest is both personal and spiritual. Through his eyes, today's English landscape becomes as vividly alive as it must have been to medieval pilgrims, small events such as finding a scallop shell lost by a long-dead pilgrim take on deep significance, and every encounter is charged with psychological depth and spiritual meaning. Anyone who seeks or has experienced times of great clarity and connectedness will recognize the place Ellis writes from, and admire his ability to snare some of that ineffable and evanescent experience and share it with his readers. Ellis also does a seamless job of weaving a great deal of history into his narrative. Along the trial we not only learn a lot about Ellis and the people he meets, but fascinating details about how people in medieval England lived, loved, and viewed the world. As storytellers have known at least since Homer's time, a journey is a great way to tell a story, and a natural, perhaps primal metaphor for life itself. In _Walking to Canterbury_, Ellis proves himself an insightful storyteller and a worthy guide. Robert Adler, author of _Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation_ (John Wiley & Sons, September 2002).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2002
This rare journey takes the reader into the hearts and minds of medieval folks as well as those today who live along Pilgrim's Way, stretching from London to Canterbury. Filled with lively encounters and fascinating historical details, it is also a spiritual and inspiring book. Cynics, so determined to find the world hard, cold and bitter, won't warm to this heart-felt account. But anyone who believes in a Higher Power, will find it a real treat. Ellis, part Cherokee and part English, does a beautiful job of weaving his dual heritage into a colorul tapestry. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.