The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago by Robert C. Sibley

By Robert C. Sibley

Since medieval instances, pilgrimages were a favored spiritual or
religious project. Even at the present time, among seventy and 100 million humans a yr make
pilgrimages, if no longer for expressly spiritual purposes, then for a substitute for secular goals
and the preoccupation with intake and leisure attribute of latest lifestyles. In
The approach of the Stars, the journalist Robert Sibley, influenced not less than in
half by means of his personal feel of discontent, recounts his walks on essentially the most well-known
pilgrimages within the Western world—the Camino de Santiago.

A medieval direction that
crosses northern Spain and ends up in town of Santiago de Compostela, the Camino has for
thousands of years supplied for pilgrims the perform, where, and the conditions that
enable for religious rejuvenation, mirrored image, and introspection. Sibley, who made the
five-hundred-mile trek twice—initially on his personal, after which 8 years later with his
son—offers a private narrative not just of the outward trip of a pilgrim’s experience
at the street to Santiago but additionally of the inward trip afforded by way of an interlude of solitude and
a respite from the day-by-day calls for of standard lifestyles. The month-long journey placed the writer on a path
via his personal thoughts, desires, and self-perceptions in addition to during the points of interest and sounds,
the tastes and sensations, of the Camino itself.

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