- Series: Lost and Found Series
- Paperback: 235 pages
- Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc (December 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566563712
- ISBN-13: 978-1566563710
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pilgrimage to Santiago (Lost and Found Series) Paperback – December 1, 2000
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Interlink's newest series, "Lost and Found," aims to revive great works of travel writing by updating them with a new foreword while preserving the unique vision and experiences of each writer. These two inaugural titles will surely be welcomed back in both public and academic libraries. Greek-born journalist, translator, and world traveler Hearn (1850-1904), who remains best known for his Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation, has vibrantly reported his travels in French-ruled Martinique during 1887-89. Consisting of "A Midsummer Trip to the Tropics," 12 sketches of Martinique life, a folktale, several short folk music scores, and period illustrations, this poetic account provides views of much that has now disappeared. Hearn's unusual perception of light and color as well as his detailed vintage prose both render a unique and subtle portrayal of the various peoples of Martinique in the early post-slavery period. Students of medieval art and history should applaud the reissue (with new author's preface) of Mullins's 1974 classic. In this compact account, Mullins, a scholar and wordsmith par excellence, makes each "Christ in Majesty" on the tympanums of pilgrimage road churches vivid. In the early 1970s, he followed much of the Santiago pilgrimage road on foot, tracing routes of the Christian faithful, who traveled to Spain to the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela in medieval times. Detailing the sights along the four main routes passing through France from Paris, Vezelay, Le Puy, and Arles, Mullins eloquently discusses the special iconography of pilgrimage churches, the lore of relics, the art of reliquaries, and the life and journey of early pilgrims and their influence on European culture. An astute work based on well-founded sources and the author's erudition, this tome is highly recommended. Margaret W. Norton, Oak Park, IL
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This is not a quick and easy read, but I found myself compelled to read each night, till I reached the end. Then, in later weeks as it sat by my chair, again I found myself picking it up and randomly reading passages. I expect that pattern to continue for months to come. As I read it, images from our walk are refreshed. I realize that those monsters eating people carved on the cathedral at León are not just one designer's diabolical vision of evil, but a continuation of a theme starting in France - the depiction of heaven on one side, and the tortures of the dammed on the other side.
Mullins has managed to put enough of his travels into this book so that this is not just a dry rendition of facts - more like a journey of discovery. If you are contemplating walking the Camino de Santiago, particularly if you are thinking of walking some of the routes in France, don't neglect reading this book.
In the late 80s I covered some of the routes between Paris and Santiago de Compostella. Only after reading his book had I realized how much I had missed. Even though Mullins does not paint himself as a believer, he conveys a certain spirituality with which a believer can relate. One of the best aspects of his book is that quite often he actually gets out of his car and walks through some places along the pigrimage route. I am reminded of a discussion I once had in Paris with a Serb friend on the relative merits of touring holy places, say on a donkey . . . vesus the now ubiqitous automobile. Even though I argued for the efficiency, flexibility and speed of the auto, today I have to admit he was right: covering the same sights on a donkey is by far a much richer experience than rushing through a country in the most comfortable of cars -- a point that Mullins unintentionally brings in his book. A ride on a donkey, or just walking, is more uplisting because it allows you to experience feelings and see details you can never hope to appreciate from a speeding car. So much for progress, fast tranposration and modern technology . . .