Call of the Camino

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

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Author: Robert Mullen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1844093670

Category: Travel

Page: 208

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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.

The De-Caff Camino

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Author: Jonathan Beardsworth

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491802944

Category: Art

Page: 188

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Charlie's introduction to his blog put it best: "A lifetime in marketing actually equips a man for very little... Now pushing 58, I realise with some horror that it is a full half century since I last took cycling remotely seriously. If this trip does not go well, I might leave it as long until my next attempt. In September 2012, seven friends of varying fitness and circumference, accompanied by an elderly camper-wagon and driver, are cycling from France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain." Despite being well past their prime they cycled up the equivalent of Mount Everest plus a bit as they crossed the Pyrenees, the Montes de Oca, the Montes de Lon, and the Cantabrian Mountains, in the process expending over 20,000 calories each (according to Susie's iPhone App), most of which were put back on each evening. They cycled in the footsteps of 1,000 years of history, marveled at the art and architecture accumulated over the centuries, and at times crashed into it. They visited the sites of miracles and pondered their meaning, and crossed the 200 meter bridge at Hospital de Orbigo which in 1434 was the site of a month long jousting tournament. They experienced the highs and lows of triumph and disaster, and felt compelled to test the efficiency of the Spanish medical system. Comment on the blog from Barnaby: "God, troops...it is epic reading and I am on the edge of my seat as I follow your progress on my map". The De-Caff Camino is in turn amusing, informative, easy reading and irreverent, and yet is imbued throughout with the greatest respect for the history and traditions of the Camino and those who have written their names into its lore. Improbably arriving at their destination after two weeks and 500 miles on the road, the author offers some forthright advice to the Vatican on how to enhance the experience for pilgrims at last achieving their goal after so much exertion, self-sacrifice and denial. The De-Caff Camino is an essential and most entertaining addition to the body of knowledge of The Way of St James.

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

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Author: John Lahr

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393247120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 736

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National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Biography Category National Book Award Finalist 2015 Winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014' USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading Washington Post, 10 Best Books of 2014 The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker. John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate. With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life—his fierce, belittling father Cornelius; his puritanical, domineering mother Edwina; his demented sister Rose, who was lobotomized at the age of thirty-three; his beloved grandfather, the Reverend Walter Dakin—Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is as much a biography of the man who created A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as it is a trenchant exploration of Williams’s plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen. The portrait of Williams himself is unforgettable: a virgin until he was twenty-six, he had serial homosexual affairs thereafter as well as long-time, bruising relationships with Pancho Gonzalez and Frank Merlo. With compassion and verve, Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life. Lahr captures not just Williams’s tempestuous public persona but also his backstage life, where his agent Audrey Wood and the director Elia Kazan play major roles, and Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, and Tallulah Bankhead have scintillating walk-on parts. This is a biography of the highest order: a book about the major American playwright of his time written by the major American drama critic of his time.

The Camino Killer

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Author: Gabriel Martínez

Publisher: Babelcube Inc.

ISBN: 1633392325

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

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A murder takes place in Saint Jean Pied de Port (France), and so the Gendarmerie’s investigation begins. The next day, another murder is committed with identical characteristics in the Roncesvalles pilgrim shelter . The conclusion is that a serial killer is on the loose on the Camino de Santiago. More crimes are expected and Captain Roncal of the Guardia Civil is named to solve the case. This detective thriller unfolds along the centuries-traveled pilgrim route, the Camino de Santiago, which in the end becomes a rite of passage for the protagonists themselves.

Tejanos in the 1835 Texas Revolution

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Author: L. Lloyd MacDonald

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 1455615080

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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This fascinating history gives credit to the lesser-known soldiers of the Texas Revolution. The Tejanos were people of Mexican heritage who had established themselves in Texas for generations and who supported Texan independence. They played a significant role in the battles at the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto.

El Camino

Walking to Santiago de Compostela

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Author: Lee Hoinacki

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271016122

Category: Religion

Page: 299

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A day-by-day account of the author's five-hundred-mile solitary pilgrimage on foot to Saint James's legendary burial place in Spain includes his reflections on religious sensibility and other observations along the way. UP.

Camino Del Sol

Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing

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Author: Rigoberto Gonz‡lez

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816528134

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

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Featuring both established and first-time authors, this volume celebrates 15 years of books from the Camina del Sol series by bringing together some of the series' best work from voices that echo the entire spectrum of Latina/o writing, from Chicana/o to Puerto Rican to Brazilian-American, and take in themes ranging from migration to gender.

Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices

Anthropological Reflections

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Author: Anna Fedele,Ruy Llera Blanes

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857452088

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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Social scientists and philosophers confronted with religious phenomena have always been challenged to find a proper way to describe the spiritual experiences of the social group they were studying. The influence of the Cartesian dualism of body and mind (or soul) led to a distinction between non-material, spiritual experiences (i.e., related to the soul) and physical, mechanical experiences (i.e., related to the body). However, recent developments in medical science on the one hand and challenges to universalist conceptions of belief and spirituality on the other have resulted in "body" and "soul" losing the reassuring solid contours they had in the past. Yet, in "Western culture," the body–soul duality is alive, not least in academic and media discourses. This volume pursues the ongoing debates and discusses the importance of the body and how it is perceived in contemporary religious faith: what happens when "body" and "soul" are un-separated entities? Is it possible, even for anthropologists and ethnographers, to escape from "natural dualism"? The contributors here present research in novel empirical contexts, the benefits and limits of the old dichotomy are discussed, and new theoretical strategies proposed.