Call Of The Camino : Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Compostela Paperback – 12 Aug 2010
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"Well-written (nothing is redundant), well-researched, and extremely readable, Robert Mullen has a rare gift for . . . conveying essential information about foreign terms and concepts without being either pedantic or condescending." --Alison Raju, author, The Way of St. James: Pyrenees-Santiago-Finistere
"Mullen brings a lovely blend of humour that always feels relevant and authentic . . . the Call of the Camino . . . might be the most important wake-up call of your life." --John Brierley, author, The Camino Guides
About the Author
Robert Mullen holds a B.Sc.( in computer science) and an M.Ed. (in computer-assisted instruction.) He has worked as a programmer/analyst, high school teacher and university lecturer. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdon, and Spain; a collection of his stories published in Canada was short-listed for a Commonwealth First Book award.
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Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried in the city of Santiago de Compostela. As Mullen's stories along the way reveal, there are many stories of St James rescuing believers and arriving as a mysterious horseman in the eleventh hour to turn the direction of critical battles.
Mullen's book is a conversation between past and present. He cleverly overlays a strong sense of all the pilgrims that tramped the many miles across Spain over the centuries against a lively diary of his own journey. We meet as broad and strange a mix as any Chaucerian tale, some following the path as an act of religious observance, but most, like Mullen, looking for something. Mullen reminds us on many occasions of the mystery associated with the Camino, which quickly feels more than a route, and more like a spiritual journey. The Camino mends you, one pilgrim writes. A saying has it that the true Camino begins when you reach the end.
Mullen takes a self-consciously objective perspective, stating from the outset that he is not a person of faith, but using his diary of conversations, encounters, shared foods and eccentric fellow travellers as a way of reflecting on some of the big themes - the importance of myth-making and story-telling, and what we mean today by a sense of the soul.Read more ›
Whether you are a past pilgrim, future pilgrim or simply an armchair pilgrim, this will make a good read. I got itchy feet when I picked it up, and can sense that the camino may be calling me again!
If you buy only one book on the camino this year, this has to be the one.
A very readable camino diary which will have ex-walkers saying, "Oh yeah, I remember that stop-off." That said, with maybe a third of the book given over to waffle and no pictures except the front cover, you're better off with the interactivity of a genuine blog or online forum. The loose group of peregrinos aren't sufficently developed as characters, nor are their reflections upon arrival followed through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Present for Dad - he loved it. Just need to make him go and do it now...Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A both humorous and thought provoking account of travelling the Camino. Definitely given me further motivation for giving it a go myself. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JohnLT
I've read lots of books on the camino but this book stands out for its descriptions of the places he walks through and his relationships with the people he meets, the food and the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by yvonne
Very enjoyable read and well researched. A good background to the walk and a good companion if anyone is thinking of doing the Camino.Published on 3 Aug. 2014 by Phil
I chose this rating because it was a 5 star... for me. It might not appeal to others but I have walked the Camino Frances and the Camino Ingles and the myths, legends and pilgrim... Read morePublished on 14 May 2014 by Amazon Customer