Algeria’s Way is structured around the famous El Camino de Compostelle pilgrimage in Spain, of which it has been said everyone has an affair with the Camino – whether a fellow pilgrim or oneself. This becomes true of Algeria, a strange girl: thin, troubled, haunted by shadowy memories of the past. Algeria and her fellow pilgrims, each with her own issues and memories, do what, in JM Coetzee’s words, pilgrims on the Camino do year after year:: ‘All we can do is our best, stumbling along in a bad world.’ During the pilgrimage, Algeria hears the stories of the others and meets two very different men – dashing, womanising Miguel, and friendly American Simon. In a story distinguished by a sparkling style and cool irony, the reader learns of the unconventional peace that Algeria finds. The novel is a testament both to the author’s excellent research skills and to her obvious capacity to live life to the full.
|Publisher:||Random House Struik|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Writer, traveller, teacher, textile merchant and adventurer, ALEX SMITH was born in Cape Town. Her experiences in mainland China, where she taught English at a university in Wuhan, inspired the short story Buffalo Panting at the Moon, which was one of the finalists in the 2007 SA Pen Literary Awards. Her first play, Lovebirds, was selected as a finalist in the prestigious PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings. Hell Erupts, Blood Stains a short story set in Taipei was published in 2006 in Twist an anthology of stories by South African women writers. In the midst of working on three novels in the mountain town Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand Alex moved for economic reasons into a monastery where, under the tutelage of Phra Buddhasak, she studied Vipassana meditation. She returned to Cape Town in 2007.