The Path To Rome
Well, he very nearly did it. He did make it to Rome, but he wound up riding on carts or in trains for about ten percent of the way. However, all the mountain travel was on foot, and he gained by it, for he constantly found himself in unexpected places, seeing unexpected things. He takes us with him all the way, sharing his heart and mind with us in the most guileless and pleasant fashion.
He was a devout, somewhat conservative Catholic, and his faith suffuses the book, but he does not proselytize, nor preach. Catholicism for him is a deeply rooted habit of mind and soul, not something to be dumped onto someone else like a load of firewood. Nor does he allow his faith to impose any load of solemnity on him. He is lighthearted, digressive, full of stories, perceptions, wisecracks, smart remarks and general playfullness. Underneath it, however, lies a will of iron; neither hunger, fatigue, lack of sleep, lack of money, lack even of decent footgear or the ability to speak the local language stops him. He is thwarted only once, and his tale of that time is thrilling.
An audiobook cannot do justice to the elegant, yet simple maps and drawings in the book. Fortunately, his discussions of them are as clear and direct as the maps and drawings themselves.
There is a reason why this book has been in print for over a hundred years, and it is a simple one: it is delightful. His journey through the heart of Europe is both a lark and a true pilgrimage, and we are his boon companions along the way.
The Path To Rome är tillgänglig som ljudbok.
Publicerad : 2015-11-07
Förlag Ljudbok: Freshwater Seas
ISBN Ljudbok: 9781942894070
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