In May 2006, armed only with a small rucksack and a staff, Tony Kevin, an overweight, sedentary, 63-year-old former diplomat, set off on an eight-week trek across Spain. But this was not just a very long walk - it was a pilgrimage.
From Granada, in the southeast, to Santiago de Compostela, in the far northwest, Tony followed the Via Mozarabe and the Via de la Plata, two of the many pilgrim trails that crisscross Spain and Portugal and that all lead to a single destination. In the Middle Ages, the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela was Europe’s most famous centre of pilgrimage, and in recent years it has enjoyed a remarkable revival; every day towards noon, hundreds of hot, tired, and dusty pilgrims stream into Santiago Cathedral for the daily Pilgrim’s Mass.
What, in our busy, materialistic 21st century, is this apparently anachronistic phenomenon all about? What drives tens of thousands of people of all nationalities and creeds to make long, exhausting walks across the cold mountains and hot tablelands of Spain, to take part finally in a medieval Christian liturgy of spiritual renewal and reconciliation with God?
Walking the Camino beautifully captures the flavour of what it was like to walk the camino, and is filled with fascinating observations and anecdotes about the nature of contemporary Spain. And because pilgrimage is such a deeply personal experience that has the potential to unlock the deepest recesses of hidden memory and conscience, it is also a profound personal meditation on the nature of modern life.
It will be of interest to people who contemplate making, or who have made this walk; to those interested in the politics and culture of contemporary Spain; and indeed anyone who appreciates fine travel writing.
Tony Kevin served in the Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister's departments over a 30-year period, and was Australia's ambassador to Poland and Cambodia. His other award-winning book is A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X
©2008 Tony Kevin (P)2014 Audible Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By pm on 27-04-18

A helpful book

I have known about the Camino for some years and it is a pilgrimage I hope to take one day. This is what attracted me to the book. Overall, I found the book both helpful and inspirational in the sense that it has strengthened my resolve to undertake this pilgrimage. The only reason I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 is that it occasionally descended into a preachiness about matters peripheral to the Camino that seemed out of place in this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-02-18

A little opinionated

Is there anything you would change about this book?

see below

Would you be willing to try another book from Tony Kevin? Why or why not?

No. his other title does not interest me

What three words best describe James Millar’s voice?

Australian Male Clear

Do you think Walking the Camino needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Whats done is done

Any additional comments?

I downloaded this title to listen to while my Brother walked the Camino. The author takes the opportunity to give political and historical background to the land he is walking through but then expands into opinion and agenda. He writes with authority that borders on arrogance and avoids the more common trait of this sort of book to leave the reader feeling he was on a journey with someone experiencing the walk for the first time. I have listen to several books describing long walks and enjoyed the adventure but found myself frustrated a little with this one for its tendency to polemic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas Worrell on 09-01-15

Bravo! Bravo!

Would you listen to Walking the Camino again? Why?

Yes I will listen to this book at least 3 times.

What did you like best about this story?

Best book on the Camino Pilgrimage. History of Spain, history of the pilgrimage over the years, the variuos camino routes, how to do it, gear, practical tips, good visuals, best exposition on the external and internal experience. A must read or hear for any potential pilgrim or vicariuos pilgrim. I love this book!

What about James Millar’s performance did you like?

Clear voice, keeps it interesting, I think he captures the voice of the author very well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

God and man in Spain.

Any additional comments?

I felt like was there with the author.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Coach Rupert on 09-04-15

Lovely with the odd dry spell.

A well written book with some really interesting bits. There is the odd passage where the Spanish is read out that were too long for my liking but generally a small price to pay. Maybe 5% detraction and well worth persevering through.

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