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Moore had been fascinated by stories he'd heard of pilgrimages which many Europeans had taken through sultry and unwelcoming Spanish terrain to Santiago de Compostela. The sub-title says it all: "One Man and his Ass on the Pilgrim Way to Santiago"--and Moore's treacherous donkey is as much a character as the bizarre dramatis personae the author encounters. Everything is against him: weather that saps his resolve at every step of the way, impossible dormitories (some of the funniest sections of the book), eccentric fellow travellers, and an animal that, if it could speak, would be constantly asking "is this journey really necessary?"
Amid the acres of scary impediments that fall into Moore's path, a whole host of detail crowds in that makes Spain come to vivid life: we're given a seat-of-the-pants experience quite as memorable (and occasionally painful) as the author's. The descriptions are priceless:
Unexpected confrontation with full-frontal, Pilsner-bellied German nudity was an occupational hazard in any refugio bathroom (the man's) wrinkled pilgrim parts now rested on the rim of the sink I was waiting to clean my teeth inBut many serious points are made--always lightly--about a million subjects (not least the lessons of history) in the delightful pages of Spanish Steps. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Enjoyable amusing interesting read. Ideal for beach or long plane journeyPublished 9 days ago by Robert G. Thoday
A funny non reverential account of one man's Camino with a donkey. Very entertaining.Published 11 days ago by John O'Neill
...that vehicle being Shinto the donkey. The journey to Santiago de Compostela provides Tim Moore with the perfect material for his mix of travelogue and insight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rich
I started reading this book in December and it's now February. I'm glad I've finished it and I feel more knowledgeable about the Santiago de Compostela, but I did find Tim Moore... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Butler
Read several of this authors books - all very enjoyable reads and in parts hilarious.Published 3 months ago by Malcolm N. Baldwin
Am reading this while doing the camino .... in fact rationing the book so that each night I read his hilarious (and so apposite) views on where we have walked. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alison Thoma
Like the way this guy writes. If you enjoy reading Bill Bryson, you'll enjoy this book.Published 4 months ago by Tracey Christiansen