Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago

Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago

by Elyn Aviva
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Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two naïve and ill prepared people (the author and her companion) walk the Camino in 1982, before it was popular and prepared to fully support pilgrims. There is much about the book that is annoying. The constant wondering if they are on the “real” or “authentic” road (one gets very tired of the quotes), trying to decide if they are “real” pilgrims, what seems like the authors whining when things don’t go well, and the typographical errors. Even with that, however, the descriptions of food, country and history are well done and redeeming. The author’s lack of clarity regarding the purpose of her pilgrimage permeates the personal sharing and, despite her attempts at honesty, detracts. The more academic aspects of the book are very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How do you make a pilgrimage in today's crazy, secular world? Elyn Aviva brings her anthropological insights, her historical knowledge and her sore feet together to tell the tale of her 500 mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A skillful writing of academic studies and unplanned adventures results in an armchair full of exciting travels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This account of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, made in 1982, before the current resurgence, contains everything you need to know about history, architecture, myth and legend along the ancient route across northern Spain and more. It is a personal account, but one chock full of customs and lore, as well as facts and individual musings on the nature of pilgrimage and what drives a pilgrim to leave home and hearth to trek 500 miles to the medieval end of the world. Elyn tells her story with humor and pathos and ask the reader to consider just what the pilgrimage route and the symbols contained therein might really mean for today's pilgrims. It is, after all, both an inner and outer journey.