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Like a Tramp, Like A Pilgrim: On Foot, Across Europe to Rome Hardcover – 17 Jul 2014
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My congratulations to Harry Bucknall. I thoroughly enjoyed Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim. It s a wonderful book.
Martin Sheen, actor and fellow pilgrim
A boisterous, jubilant adventure
- The Times
Harry Bucknall is my sort of pilgrim. This is one of the happiest books I have read for a very long time. I loved it.
John Julius Norwich
A remarkable story from a remarkable man.
Bucknall weaves history, religion, travelogue and spirituality into this gently gripping road trip. Definitely recommended.
- Catholic Herald
He is particularly good on things spiritual.
- The Daily Mail
A great book.
Patrick Leigh Fermor on 'In the Dolphin's Wake'
I very much enjoyed it.
Jan Morris on 'In the Dolphin's Wake'
Bucknall is no ordinary pilgrim. He s a maverick on the move...every stage of his tramp to Rome involves meaningful encounters not just with place, but with people...Anecdotes and adventures are depicted in lively detail, the stories of those he meets with genuine empathy. He takes the reader with him every step of the way. --- Amy Sohanpaul, Wexas Traveller
About the Author
Harry Bucknall was born in 1965 and brought up in Dorset. Travel has been an indelible part of his life since early childhood summers spent exploring the Poole Harbour archipelago in a Mirror dinghy. Educated at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he served as a regular officer in the Coldstream Guards.
As a freelance travel writer, he has contributed to both the international and national press. Harry s first book, In the Dolphin s Wake, about his journey from Venice to Istanbul through the Greek Islands, was published in 2011.
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Addendum - I have now finished the book and I am delighted that it did not disappoint from start to finish, don't hesitate to buy this and settle back for a yummy read. Roland Olliff
As an entertainment, it is good. For cultural and historical background it is good. For a bewildering variety of interesting characters, that he finds everywhere, it is remarkable. For flow and structure, the book is competent.
For me, it didn't ring true. There is sparse description of the landscape that might have impressed him, and would have etched itself on his memory over the 1300 miles. No mention of physical discomfort of any kind (I read not quite to the end). Early on, a 26-mile day is mentioned. Most of the book comprises 1. interesting characters 2. historical background. Several reviewers seem to mistake his cultural appreciation for "spiritual" writing, which I did not find. Nor does he claim, really. Pleasures like food, smoking and drinking receive ample description.
During my reading of the early parts of the book, I thought absence of heartfelt genuine personal observation was because he only decided to write a book later, after he had forgotten the characteristic details. But it continued. So he concentrated on personalities, more than broader physical manifest aspects of the pilgrimage. And I thought he had put words into their mouths, as they had somewhat similar style of speaking. Where does fiction begin? And the historical background (good as it is) read as if embroidered into the book after the event.
There is an expression "hike your own hike", meaning that other individuals experience a thru-hike differently. But this account misses so much that was characteristic, as it fails to convey to me the firsthand vividness of walking the VF.
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