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The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom Paperback – March 17, 1995
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"Among Latin American writers only Columbias Gabriel Garcia Marquez is more widely read than Brazils Paulo Coelho." -- The Economist
"An exciting tale." -- Library Journal
"The keys to self-mastery...wrapped in suspense and adventure." -- Body Mind Spirit
Original Language: Portugese
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As for the personal revelation the author encounters in the trek, I foudn them interesting, not overwhelming. The lessons learned are presented in many different books aside form this one; what makes this book a little special, I believe, is that the story involves the reader in such a way that the lessons are driven effortlessly.
Despite being a more personal story, I didn't find it to be nearly as engaging of a narrative as "The Alchemist". Since I read the translations by Alan R. Clarke of both books, I tend to think that perhaps this is due to Coelho's improvement as a writer. That is not to say that this is not an interesting book. "The Pilgrimage" is still a good story, and for those who like Paulo Coelho, it is certainly worth reading.
Readers who are looking for a factual, chronological, "travel book" of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela will be disappointed. There is only the vaguest chronology in the book. A few towns and important pilgrimage sites are mentioned. There is only a sketchy picture drawn of the terrain and countryside.
But that is quite irrelevant. The Pilgrimage is a much more sophisticated account of the psychological and spiritual aspects of pilgrimage. In fact, the physical vagueness in the book complements the inner struggles of the pilgrim.
The pilgrim in Coelho's book is on a quest for his sword so that he can complete his apprenticeship in the Tradition and be able to perform the deeds of his Master. The quest takes place on the road to Santiago and the pilgrim (with his spiritual guide) encounters magical tests that expand his psychological horizons.
This resonated with me in the sense that the Camino finds the weak points in our bodies and characters and tests them. Reflective pilgrims gain personal insights, and, for many, their lives change in significant ways after completing the Camino. Coelho makes the same points by his use of magic to illustrate the inner transformation of his pilgrim.
The book also includes meditative exercises that the pilgrim performed at critical times on his journey. While some of the exercises are a little unrealistic, such as the Cruelty Exercise of self-mortification, most of them can be performed by anyone, with resulting benefit. I wish I had read the book before my own pilgrimage so I could have done more in this respect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Pilgrimage is the story of Paulo Coelho's journey on The Road to Santiago. During his journey he discovers the secrets of wisdom, love, and God who resides in all of us. Read morePublished 1 day ago by cjburgess0304
I started reading this last week, a month or so after I read the Alchemist. This story held the same mystical magic in it as the Alchemist, but the religious undertones were much... Read morePublished 6 days ago by C. Langwell
Really enjoyed this book. Easy to understand the message behind the character as he takes a journey to find the meaning to life.Published 8 days ago by Gerardo Ramirez
I enjoyed this book. I hope someday to make the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago and experience the route myself.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Very inspiring. It is a motivational masterpiece.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't care for this book because I prefer books about reality. I couldn't believe a wife would fly to a country far away just to "hide" a sword, so that later the husband could... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Barron
This is the story of a journey on the Road to Santiago, which we nowadays generally term the “Camino”. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Iona Main Stewart