Book: The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago, by Bill Walker
Genre and Year of Publication: Travel/pilgrimage; 2011
Where I got it: Free Kindle download (read in July; reviewed in October)
Length: 328 pages
Briefly, it’s another account of an American’s trek along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Comments: This is the second “Compostela” book that I’ve read in a couple of months, so obviously it’s a theme that interests me! (My review of the other one is here). Walker travelled this route in 2010, together with his 18-year old nephew. His book follows the traditional day-by-day journal format, recounting the towns he passed through, the hostels he stayed in, the friends he made, the things he discovered about himself and others, and the final, triumphant arrival in Compostela. I loved it.
A friend of mine is planning to undertake this pilgrimage next year. The way Walker describes the daily battle for a place to sleep in the hostels along the way makes me realise that I will never do it myself. The camino won’t cease to fascinate me, though.
Challenges: Non-fiction challenge, ebook reading challenge