Since medieval times, pilgrimages have been a popular religious or spiritual
undertaking. Even today, between seventy and one hundred million people a year make pilgrimages, if
not for expressly religious reasons, then for an alternative to secular goals and the preoccupation
with consumption and entertainment characteristic of contemporary life. In The Way of the
Stars, the journalist Robert Sibley, motivated at least in part by his own sense of
discontent, recounts his walks on one of the most well-known pilgrimages in the Western
world—the Camino de Santiago.
A medieval route that crosses northern Spain
and leads to the town of Santiago de Compostela, the Camino has for hundreds of years provided for
pilgrims the practice, the place, and the circumstances that allow for spiritual rejuvenation,
reflection, and introspection. Sibley, who made the five-hundred-mile trek
twice—initially on his own, and then eight years later with his son—offers a personal
narrative not only of the outward journey of a pilgrim’s experience on the road to Santiago
but also of the inward journey afforded by an interlude of solitude and a respite from the daily
demands of ordinary life. The month-long trip put the author on a path through his own memories,
dreams, and self-perceptions as well as through the sights and sounds, the tastes and
sensations, of the Camino itself.
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At 57, "an age when memories claimed more and more of [his] waking thoughts," Sibley followed through on a promise that he would take his son Daniel on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or the Way of St. James, a journey beginning in France and ending in Spain, after Daniel's college graduation.May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Way of the Stars: Journey...