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The Artist's Journey: The Perfumed Pilgrim tackles the Camino de Santiago Paperback – AC-3, May 18, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Trials, tribulations, and testy travelers only spurred Marcia Shaver on in her 1,299,851 steps across Spain, from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Finisterre. Choosing well her walking companion, setting a practical pace with time to draw, and drinking in the revitalizing countryside, Marcia rediscovered her physical strength--and more. From the depths of her soul rose her true nature as the Pilgrim's Way nurtured it and let it shine forth.Marcia's can-do. let's-have-fun spirit transports the easy-chair traveler--and will send many a reader on the same journey of the body and soul.
About the Author
Summers spent on family ranches in Eastern Oregon gave Marcia Shaver a deep love for the West. Still feeling intimately tied to the land, she shares with it a fierce independence, a comfort in wide open spaces, and the ability to meet any challenge head-on--and win. Marcia graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of Science degree, is still married to her college sweetheart, and now calls Redmond, Washington home.
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This is the journey of two friends, both artist who decide to walk this pilgrimage together, not rushing but enjoying their time on the trail, quite often stopping to do a couple of hours sketching of what ever catches their eyes. Marcia includes a lot of her wonderful pen and ink drawings throughout the book and it was fun to see pieces of what she saw. She has a creative and strong bold look to her drawing. She definitely has an artistic eye in describing things around her as well, from the flowers, pastures, colors even the smells and her feelings, of a scene. What ever it may be she makes it sound wonderful.
The art work, is what made me really want to read this book, as I thought it was a different perspective from other journeys I have read about on the Camino de Santiago. She also included one of her friends pieces of art (Tannis Moore). They are both great artist, but very different in styles.
While this book is a soulful memoir of a personal Camino journey, it's also a lot of fun! Be prepared to laugh out loud while reading about the challenges and predicaments the author and her walking companion experience along the way.
A bonus: the ink drawings in the book--a nice touch to this enjoyable memoir.
Beginning at St. Jean Pied de Port, just inside France, Marcia set a daunting task for herself and her traveling mate of walking, hiking, trekking 550 miles across Spain - aka 1,299,851 steps! They agreed to a reasonable pace and set off with the bare necessities, and Marcia's treasured bottle of Chanel No. 5. (She did call herself the Perfumed Pilgrim.)
This story took me along with the author and her fellow artist through wonderfully described places with a great sense of humor evident in even the embarrassing proposals that came with the assumed gift of an orange! Marcia was frank about the things they faced, and yet made me realize how much she desired to make this journey successfully, and as true as possible to "the Camino pilgrimage" as she could. She embraced the insights presented to her along the way, as well as the colorful characters who touched her life as part of the experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the journey. I also enjoyed the lesson in history as she described the incredible, centuries-old sites she visited. But I especially loved the pictures she had drawn, capturing the scenery, texture, even the atmosphere of her experience. I found myself evaluating what I would expect to learn about myself and others if I undertook such an adventure. I would hope to be as caring and enthusiastic about people and life as Marcia is.