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Back inas a young man, Belloc felt he needed to c Some people might think that a book with this title would necessarily be about converting to Roman Catholicism. He just up and took off from an eastern French town, walked across the Alps, and walked down to Rome.
There were little moments in this journey that were captivating, especially when he was able to focus on the local people and places of his trip, but his endless philosophizing on the march from northern Belpoc through the Alps, and down into Italy had me leafing through the pages quicker than I had wished. The Path to Rome by Hilaire Belloc.
All this merely leads up to saying that this book reads like fiction, and along the way conta I was introduced to Chesterton, Belloc and Ronald Knox by a freshman English teacher why yes, he was Catholic.
This novel, more tha Absolutely breathtaking, marvelous experience; as others have said, I truly feel like I was walking along, in my hard worn shoes, all those enchanting and disheartening miles to Rome with my good friend Hillaire Belloc. Books by Hilaire Belloc. The only fiction in the bunch, hilaide I recall, were some wonderful detective stories by Chesterton and Knox.
He was a very, very good and entertaining writer. Belloc’s walking pilgrimage from France to Rome, over the Alps, singing all the way. Um es kurz zu machen, wie der alter Seemann zu dem jungen Schafskopf hilaure — Ah, was sagte der Seemann?
I’m sure I would have enjoyed chats with him, Someday He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century.
Das verrate ich nicht. Back inas a young man, Belloc felt he needed to carry out a vow he had made by walking from France to Rome. We loved following his path on the map, and now want to visit some of the obscure places he passed through we never even knew existed!
Fabulous — make sure you get an edition with sketches. He is at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and deeply philosophical. I just had a hard time engaging with this book, and unless you really wanted the philosophical musings of this author I wouldn’t really recommend it. Not as profound, perhaps, as the older, wiser, grimmer Belloc – but quite simply wonderful. Amanda rated it really liked it Jun 09, Jul 05, Scott Lake rated it really liked it. Possibly this serves in illustrating how the human mind becomes less philosophical as the body suffers from fatigue.
A four-star book with one star removed for the didactic preaching and closed-mindedness and the whiff of misogyny.
I like his history books better.
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He did this dressed in a suit, a tie and city street shoes. It’s dated, but still very fine. Reading The Path to Rome, I kept wondering what a ramble through this territory would be like today, and understood the desire of many writers to follow in the footsteps of tl who went before.
Dann wandert er wegen der Hitze nachts. His literary skills are first class and his humor is unforced and springs from deep within his being.
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The Path to Rome by Hilaire Belloc
This device serves as a clever way to enliven the text, to break up the monotony of a tedious trek, and to self-mockingly defend his text, though over time I felt it grew somewhat cloying.
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Apr 21, Martinxo rated it really liked it Shelves: As a directive on the tp life for all non-materialists, especially Catholics – likewise. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He vividly describes the mountains, vistas and his fellow travelers make this one of my favorite travel books.
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I thought, in my mushy-headed state at age twenty, that this was to be a beautiful metaphorical musing on Belloc’s conversion to Catholicism. Aug 02, Rick Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed this book.
America, France, England, and Ireland. It would have been nice if he had carried it through to at least his arrival at the mass which he had set out to attend. Jun 19, Daniel Vinzant rated it it was amazing.
Refresh and try again. One of the humorous threads running through the book is how, one by one, he breaks each of these vows except for the final attendance of Mass in Rome.
The book is a classic, born of something far deeper than the physical experience it records.
As travel writing it is first-rate. It is a book about the land; it is a book about people; it is a book about God; it is a book about not taking yourself too bbelloc.