- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813933153
- ISBN-13: 978-0813933153
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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[Sibley] toils with a series of existential issues, ruminating on life's necessities, his desire to conquer the mountains, the trail's rich history, and his own long-forgotten memories.... [He] has a finely tuned appreciation for close-to-the-ground details, and his descriptions are deep and sincere without being overly earnest.(Kirkus Reviews)
Relating the story of his own pilgrimage in a time of religious disenchantment, and comparing his experiences to those of other pilgrims who have written about the Camino de Santiago, Robert Sibley engages and maintains the reader's interest to the end. Unique and memorable, The Way of the Stars also has a refreshing sense of irony and humor.(Edward F. Stanton, author of Road of Stars to Santiago)
Sibley is an extraordinary writer with a unique, distinct voice. If I had not already walked this path or was only pondering undertaking it, his account is winsome enough that I would want to walk it.(Arthur Boers, author of Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions)
Sibley reflects on his journey on the famous pilgrimage: both the outward journey along the 500-mile path, and his inward journey of reflection and spiritual rejuvenation.(US Catholic)
[Sibley's] quick crafting of scenes... bring the trip alive, offering the reader, as well as the writer, insight on an ancient meditative challenge as it can still be practiced today(BOOKLIST)
[The] story comes alive when, after weeks of walking, everything else in his life seems to drop away. Sibley has flashes of complete, blissful presence, which he describes with poetic clarity.(Ottawa Citizen)
Sibley's text is neatly divided into subjects that encompass the author's quest: prayer; pain; paths; time; gratitude; gifts; visions; underglimmer; disappearance; and home. Each chapter describes a series of events that encompass its subject matter, upon which the reader can reflect, thus travelling the spiritual miles with Sibley. VERDICT Sibley captures his journey, both existential and physical, succinctly, yet with artistry. Readers will be both engaged and enlightened by this carefully crafted tale.(Choice)
About the Author
Robert C. Sibley is an award-winning Senior Writer at the Ottawa Citizen, an Adjunct Professor in political science at Carleton University, and the author of A Rumour of God: Rekindling Belief in an Age of Disenchantment
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Sibley writes very well but never really pulls the book together. He drinks a lot of alcohol, he has lots of physical pain, and he has occasional semi-mystical experiences.
This account is especially disappointing given how good an account Sibley wrote of his Japanese pilgrimage in The Way of the 88 Temples: Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. That book is exceptional and excellent. If you want a great book about pilgrimage, read that one and skip this one.
To paraphrase from the Epilogue, I was lucky. I stumbled onto Robert C. Sibley.
Never mind that he and I are men of like age, so that many of his references mirrored my own, giving me easy access to certain touchstones in his life. Never mind that I found myself immersed in his experience within the first several grafs of the Prologue, which produced an immediate sense of place and imagery which I find to be positively cinematic, indicative of a certain sorcery with language.
More than these, while telling me about the Camino, Sibley told me about himself, what he thought, what he felt, what happen in his heart, mind and soul, what changed, as well as what it's like for him now, as he reflects upon his pilgrimage, a most accurate description in every sense of the word.
For all that, I am grateful to Sibley, for the honesty of his intention, as well as the candid and revealing effect of his experience.. I will never walk the Camino, and yet, I have. Bravo.
Left me unsure if this was supposed to be a guide book, straight narrative or a memoir.