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A Pilgrim in Spain Hardcover – 16 Jun 2011
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[A] fascinating account of places of pilgrimage in Spain ... Curiously titled chapters (e.g. 'Adoration at the Disco') and the author's subtle wit make this very readable. --The Bookseller
'... Howse is not without useful advice... around every corner there are fresh surprises...' --The Tablet
'Howse is an excellent companion' --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Christopher Howse is an assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph and a regular contributor to The Spectator and The Tablet. Among his bestselling books for Continuum are Prayers for This Life (2005) and The Assurance of Hope (2006). He is the author of How We Saw It: 150 years of The Daily Telegraph (2004).
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And though it is good in parts - I did appreciate his assessment of the Escurial - much is superficial. He has, for example, poked around Compostela without conveying much awareness of its historical and religious significance. Even recognising that this book is about northern Spain, the consequences of Moorish occupation get insufficient attention.
In fact, there is little more information than could be found in a good guidebook. Nor does it work as an account of his travels, for the reason already given, but also because it lacks a personal touch; I presume he speaks Spanish, but he does not seem to have had more than superficial contact with the inhabitants. It is, frankly, rather dull.
The title of the book could be a bit misleading, as the book covers the Northern half of Spain, and not only the Camino de Santiago.
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