All the Good Pilgrims

All the Good Pilgrims

Tales of the Camino De Santiago

Book - 2007
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Robert Ward has always enjoyed travelling, especially on foot. When he discovered the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago in Spain, he felt compelled to walk and experience this historic road. From his first journey along the Camino de Santiago, Ward fell in love with the pace, landscape, history, art, and romance of this old pilgrimage path. Above all, however, Ward fell in love with the people of the Camino - both the welcoming Spaniards and the pilgrims who come from all over the world to find out what it means to travel five hundred miles, one step at a time.

In All the Good Pilgrims , Ward returns to Spain to walk the Camino for the fifth time. He thinks he knows what he's getting into but, as his many Camino journeys have taught him, the Camino never runs out of surprises. Each day brings new lessons, friendships, questions, memories, gifts and challenges, reminding Ward that it isn't the pilgrim who walks the Camino - it's the Camino that walks the pilgrim. An engaging travel narrative, All the Good Pilgrims is a personal and insightful tour of the Camino de Santiago, as Ward takes readers on a secular pilgrimage in which he reflects on his past journeys and contemplates the mysterious and enduring allure of this ancient and historic road.

Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen Publishers, c2007.
ISBN: 9780887622526
Characteristics: 314 p. :,maps ;,20 cm.


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Oct 21, 2015

This book seemed more like a stitching together of several Camino pilgrimages made by the author over a number of years. This patchwork approach, while overall painting a reasonably good picture of his impressions and experiences, made it a bit hard to follow at times as he jumps back and forth in time and place. The other thing that marred this memoir (which I did mostly like), was what came across as a very judgmental attitude towards certain other authors who have also written about the Camino.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Robert Ward returns for his fifth trip along the Camino de Santiago. He explores the sacred and the profane side of this famous pilgrimage road in Northern Spain. He has fallen completely in love with this journey, "where there's good fellowship, moments snatched sipping a cafe con leche, or quaffing a cerveza with unexpected new companions". Each day brings new lessons, new challenges and above all the ultimate example of the old saying "the joy is in the journey".

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