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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

by Timothy Egan
# UT4922 Paperback, 367 pages; 2020 (2019)
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Lace up your metaphorical hiking boots because this is one epic journey! You'll "walk" a thousand miles with Timothy Egan along the Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim's trail from Canterbury to Rome. Along the way, Egan recounts—in buoyant prose—the history of every village, monastery, and cultural artifact he encounters. What emerges is a fascinating, albeit brutally violent, centuries-long history of Christianity, as well as a very personal exploration of the religion's present condition. I love the way Egan travels ("with a fistful of Gruyère in one hand and a packet of berries in the other") and find his combination of skeptical realism and spiritual optimism surprisingly uplifting. (CH)
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