Julia’s Reading Challenge for 20190%
The utterly compelling and inspirational account of how two very different writers tackle their demons walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the legendary medieval pilgrimage across Spain
Elizabeth Best had always wanted to go on a pilgrimage. Colin Bowles had never given it a moment’s thought. But by a twist of fate the two barely acquainted writers seize the day and drop everything to retrace one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the Western world, through the heart of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. It was meant to be a stroll in the sun, but they’re under-prepared and carrying way too much baggage, in every sense. Bound by a promise and fueled by local vino, what starts out as a physical challenge—500 miles, give or take—quickly becomes an epic tale of tragedy, triumph, and fierce loyalty as a scenic walk through mystic lands gives rise to far greater personal journeys. Set amidst the olive groves, rolling hills, castles, and cathedrals of northern Spain and featuring a supporting cast of eccentrics—from mad monks to angry nuns, Lycra-clad cyclists, international soul seekers, and boisterous boy scouts, this is an inspiring, moving, and blackly funny account of two hapless pilgrims on an extraordinary journey to the end of the earth and beyond.
Introduction from Goodreads.
I originally heard about this book via the Mighty Blue Podcast, where Steve and his niece have been reading a chapter or two each week. I ended up buying the book as I really wanted to know what happened next rather than waiting for the following week on the podcast.
This book is hilarious in places with real laugh out loud moments. If you have walked the Camino then you will read all of this book with a smile on face as many home truths appear throughout. It is also interesting to see the dynamics and the relationship between the two main characters. They go through a mix of hell and love for each other and often walk apart.
I won’t add any spoilers, so please just download or pick up a copy and indulge yourself. You won’t regret it!