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A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2019, religion, travel

I enjoyed Egan's descriptions of the route itself, both the towns that he passed through and the natural beauty through which the Via passes. On the religious or theological levels though, I was disappointed in Egan's approach. He is not merely a skeptic, but is outright antagonistic to many elements of the Church that he considers, dismissing them in advance rather than giving them a fair hearing. The reasons for his attitude do become clear over the course of the book, and his reflections at the end of the route have more depth and more charity than at the start. His initial preoccupation with the news of the day and current cultural shibboleths was also rather disappointing. For instance, I could not help but feel it an opportunity wasted when he was talking to the Abbot in a Benedictine abbey that he chose to ask about the latest terrorist attack and Macron rather than anything about the Abbots life or anything of substance.
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Reading Progress

August 15, 2019 – Shelved
August 15, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
September 21, 2019 – Started Reading
September 21, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
September 21, 2019 – Shelved as: religion
September 21, 2019 – Shelved as: travel
October 31, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Jason Pryde My early impressions (25% through) mirror your reaction to the anti-catholic drum beat. It is helpful to note that his writing becomes less strident as the story develops. Thanks. -jgp

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