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The Path to Rome by Hilaire Belloc

The Path to Rome (1902)

by Hilaire Belloc

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A wonderful record of Belloc's journey to Rome - at once literally and figuratively. He carries almost nothing - no money or spare clothes - and sleeps mostly under hedges. Determined to follow the straight line he drew on a map he has to cross mountains across the grain and is often caught in bad weather. ( )
  Lit.Lover | Mar 21, 2016 |
2284 The Path to Rome, by H. Belloc (read 7 Apr 1990) This 1902 book tells of the walk Belloc made from Lorraine to Rome. He cheated a little because twice he rode a train for some miles, and once he rode in an oxcart. I did not like this book much, since it just tells what he saw and felt and not much else. He did have an exciting time in the Alps, and drank lots of wine, and the book has some novelty. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 8, 2008 |
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A timeless account of the joys and hardships of a long walk.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0898709202, Paperback)

Considered by Belloc himself, and by most critics, his greatest work, this classic book is the delightful story of the pilgrimage Belloc made on foot to Rome in order to fulfill a vow he had made "...and see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved..." In The Life of Hilaire Belloc, Robert Speaight states: "More than any other book he ever wrote, The Path to Rome made Belloc's name; more than any other, it has been lovingly thumbed and pondered.... The book is a classic, born of something far deeper than the physical experience it records."

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Hilaire Belloc's best work - according to the author, as well as most critics - The Path to Rome is less concerned with Rome itself than with a pilgrim's journey to the Eternal City. A spirited Catholic apologist, Belloc traveled on foot from Toul (near Nancy), France, and crossed the Alps and the Apennines in order to, in his words, "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Afterward, he turned his pen from his usual polemics to literature, and related in finely crafted prose his myriad experiences with the people he met along the way, as well as his reflections on tradition, politics, landscape, and much else. Throughout, the work abounds in Belloc's inimitable wit and good humor, and displays his profound love for the land, his faith, and his fellow man.… (more)

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