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Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain [Paperback]

Jack Hitt
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1 Mar 2005
When Jack Hitt set out to walk the 500 miles from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, he submitted to the rigorous traditions of Europe's oldest form of packaged tour, a pilgrimage that has been walked by millions in the history of Christendom. Off the Road is an unforgettable exploration of the sites that people believe God once touched: the strange fortress said to contain the real secret Adam learned when he bit into the apple; the sites associated with the murderous monks known as the Knights Templar; and the places housing relics ranging from a vial of the Virgin Mary's milk to a sheet of Saint Bartholomew's skin. Along the way, Jack Hitt finds himself persevering by day and bunking down by night with an unlikely and colorful cast of fellow pilgrims -- a Flemish film crew, a drunken gypsy, a draconian Belgian air force officer, a man who speaks no languages, a one-legged pilgrim, and a Welsh family with a mule. In the day-to-day grind of walking under a hot Spanish sun, Jack Hitt and his cohorts not only find occasional good meals and dry shelter but they also stumble upon some fresh ideas about old-time zealotry and modern belief. Off the Road is an engaging and witty travel memoir of an offbeat journey through history that turns into a provocative rethinking of the past.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Simon & Schuster Paperback Ed edition (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743261119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261111
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Hitt is a contributing writer for Harper's and GQ. He also writes for The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and Mother Jones, and contributes frequently to public radio's This American Life.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a look at a camino journey 3 Sep 2013
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nice writing lovely bits of history
not much about the hardship of the road more about the journey
some items i recognised from watching "the way"
worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 8 Dec 2012
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Interesting comparing his experiences with other books about the route, seems different for everyone, very enjoyable and certainly worth reading
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This is the book that is referred to in the creits and interviews on the video "The Way". You'll begin to recognises some of the things that happen in the book as they have been shown in the film. I guess pretty soon you feel this was the book that the Irishman in the film writes.

My recommendation would be to watch the film AND read the book. I think the book is OK - but a better read or audio book is Bill Brysons walk on The Appalacian Trail. Funnier and more stories to make you think about long distance walking - is it for you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining. 28 Sep 2012
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This is the source for some of the slightly weird stories that crop up in the movie 'The Way.'. Its interesting, funny, philosophical, entertaining and well written. Witten in the mid 90's, but still relevant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On the Way 19 Mar 2012
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I recently picked up The Third Man Effect (or Factor) published by Cannongate in 2009. Jack Hitt described the phenomenon very nicely and wittily. As a relative "newcomer" to the big walk to Santiago, I have no intention of making the pilgrimage, but am happy to read a "quality" description of events on the walk. The motion-picture The Way with Martin Sheen was losely based on Jack Hitt's account. I've never seen the movie!
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