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Camino Letters

Kirkpatrick, Julie

Verlag: Pyxis Press, 2010
ISBN 10: 0986513407 / ISBN 13: 9780986513404
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Titel: Camino Letters

Verlag: Pyxis Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

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Inhaltsangabe: When Canadian writer and lawyer Julie Kirkpatrick went for a walk in Spain with her teenaged daughter, she intended it to be a holiday in the fresh air, a break from the hectic routine and endless to-do lists of her law practice, and a chance to catch her breath. Thinking that it would help to pass the time she asked 26 friends to set her a task for each day of the pilgrimage. But the tasks came as unexpected gifts, and what began as a light-hearted diversion soon became a journey into the labyrinth of her life. Guided by her tasks and writing with breathtaking honesty, the author takes the reader on a journey full of surprises and tears and laughter. The Camino Letters tells the story of a woman opening herself to the ever-expanding universe, listening to the music of the journey, walking out loud.

Vom Autor: In the summer of 2009, I found myself drawn to two elements of ancient religion -- pilgimage, and call and response. The pilgrimage, while it had a beginning, and seems to have a middle, does not yet have a perceptible end. The call and response has become an echoing of voices ? my voice, and other voices: some bidden and some quite unexpected. At its simplest level, the pilgrimage is the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees through Santiago in Spain, and on to Finisterre on the Atlantic Coast where the sea meets the sky. I walked this route with my teenaged daughter, more or less; at times she abandoned me and at times I abandoned her. The call and response, at its most straightforward, was a kind of game that I set up before I left for the Camino. I asked twenty-six friends for a task to take with me ? one for each day of the walk. I thought the tasks would occupy my mind, which is normally filled with the endless to-do lists of my law practice. My response to the tasks was to write a letter each day to that day?s taskmaster. Both the tasks and writing of the letters took me by surprise, and led me deep into the labyrinth of my life as I walked. Listen to the wind ? Immerse yourself in a litany and catalogue of self-love ? Be an animal ? Think of the millions who have travelled this path ? Think of what you would be doing if you didn?t have your forty-year-old fears ? Observe windows. I did not mail the letters from Spain because my own words frightened me. I did not show the letters to anyone for some time after I returned home. This was not a book I intended to write. I did not set out to write a book at all. But it is a story worth telling and I have told it well. There is a play of voices in the letters ? my voice, the voices of my taskmasters, the voice of my teenaged daughter, the voices of fellow travellers on the Camino. And there are other voices too: the voice of my father remembering his childhood in the Northern Ontario bush; the voice of my mother in letters she wrote to me when I was a child to try to explain that she was going to die; the voice of Proud Woman, an elder who has intermittently been my guide since I was twenty-five years old. There is also a very strong musical element to the journey, and to the book. The stories in the letters begin as call and response, but quickly become braided and fugual. A story about my father?s violin weaves through themes of memory, regret, gratitude and death. There are other stories about the power of music - the cedar flute which I carried, the men playing on a highway overpass for passing pilgrims, the dance of the butterflies, the song of the grasshoppers, the sound and quiver of my brother?s arteriovenous fistula, the ocean, and the route and purpose of the whale?s song. There is also a discussion throughout the book about the concept of ?frozen music? and the ability of sound and vibration, call and response, to crystallize into physical form. The magic of this journey has transformed my life in ways that I would never have imagined, nor would I have sought any of it if left to my own devices. And because of that, it is a story that I am very happy to share.

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