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Call Of The Camino : Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Compostela - Robert Mullen

Call Of The Camino

Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Compostela

Paperback Published: 23rd September 2010
ISBN: 9781844095100

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The experiences of an ordinary man on the pilgrim’s path are charted in this narrative that walks along the Camino Francés to the shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela and then on to Finisterre, the westernmost point of Spain. The history of the Camino is recounted, as well as several of the myths, legends, and miracle stories that have become attached--and given special meaning--to this itinerary. Emphasizing that personal myths are an essential part of this lore, this chronicle also includes stories from the confraternity of the pilgrims, people from all corners of the world who visit this walk for a great diversity of reasons, but all of whom leave having experienced the same miracle--that this pilgrimage will play a defining role in their lives.

"Many pilgrims return from the camino with a desire to write and publish their experiences along the way - most fail in that endeavour for being unable to convey a sense of the aliveness of the journey. Robert Mullen brings a lovely blend of humour bordering on 'Chauceresque' irreverence, but it always feels relevant and authentic. As he nears the end of the journey he realizes that, 'never before had I lived life so intensely.' Now that's the result of heeding the Call of the Camino and if you hear it through these pages - don't forget to respond as it might be the most important wake-up call of your life - don't go back to sleep." -John Brierley, author of The Camino Guides "In this book, the camino 'calls' the reader with three interwoven voices: personal experience, history and an anthropological perspective. Well-written (nothing is redundant), well-researched and extremely readable, Robert Mullen has a rare gift for presenting conversation and conveying, very subtly, essential information about foreign terms and concepts without being either pedantic or condescending." -Alison Raju, author of The Way of St James: Pyrenees- Santiago-Finisterre Edinburgh Ramblers' Robert Mullen described his life changing experience on discovering the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrim's route from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast of Spain it's not a guidebook but a highly personal exploration of the myths, legends and stories associated with the famous trail, since it was first embarked upon as a strict religious undertaking in the middle ages. Andrew McCloy Walk Magazine On his journey from the foot of the Pyrenees to the westernmost point of Spain, the Robert Mullen comes across many other pilgrims - some of whom become new friends. It is their stories and anecdotes along with old legends, impressions and thoughts that he put together in this beautiful book. Whether you plan on walking the Camino or are simply looking for an entertaining yet informative piece of writing, Call of the Camino will not disappoint you. It is not a religious publication but a cleverly woven net of real life stories. Most of all, it is about people and the various reasons for their modern day pilgrimage. This authentic, and often quite humorous, account of the Camino brings this most popular of pilgrimages to the readers' doorstep and invites them to walk along. Robert Mullen explores new angles, shares fascinating experiences and generally, gives the opportunity to be part of an adventure that many had thought to be out of their league. - Stefanie Barschdorf

Prologuep. 9
Getting goingp. 13
Learning the ropesp. 23
Find your own wayp. 37
Ship of foolsp. 55
Heroes of Spainp. 69
Old stagersp. 81
Forgive yourselfp. 97
Cosas del Caminop. 113
Driving out demonsp. 127
Tending the soulp. 139
Mountain of joyp. 151
Embracing the saintp. 167
Embracing the selfp. 181
The end of the worldp. 193
Epiloguep. 205
Sources and acknowledgmentsp. 207
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ISBN: 9781844095100
ISBN-10: 184409510X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 23rd September 2010
Publisher: Findhorn Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3