A Sense of Direction

A Sense of Direction

Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful

Book - 2012
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Offers accounts of the author's pilgrimages to three holy sites in search of personal direction, describing the hundreds of miles trekked and the people encountered along the way.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594487255
Branch Call Number: 203.51 LEW
Characteristics: 344 pages :,maps ;,24 cm


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Dec 16, 2017

I understand the writing trope of physical journey as metaphor for spiritual journey. The problem is that the author's starting point is so alien and his character so unlikable. It is very difficult to see him as anything other than a smirking twenty-something, partying in Berlin who has the privilege to sell what amounts to travel journal/therapy session about his issues surrounding his father.
If you want a Camino story, read Happe Kirkeling's I'm Off Then.
If you want a Shikoku story, read Paul Barach's Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains.
If you want to process issues around your father, see a professional counselor, and please don't inflict in on the rest of us.

Jun 23, 2016

A bit lost in the world of partying and family trama, Gideon undertakes 3 religious pilgrimages for non-religious reasons. Funny, silly, serious, and very entertaining. I enjoyed the first two pilgrimages the most. It will make you want to go walk a long distance for no specific reason.

Aug 15, 2012

a young man in search of answers takes the long road through pilgrimages to Santiago di Compostella, on Shikoku in Japan, and at Uman in Ukraine, those very prepositions, "to", "on", "at", indicating already different motivational positions inherent in the walks, from there it is that particular pilgrim's story of those journeys, but the pilgrim this time is a poet, in all his metaphors and allegories, cadences, colours and textures, and turns this existential quest into something profoundly beautiful and inspiring

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