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Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp
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Feb 10, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: camino, nonfiction, religion, travel, z-2014, reviewed

Rupp may have had an advantage in writing this, in that she was already an established author. This is the first full-length Camino memoir I've read that doesn't take a start-to-finish approach—rather, she structures her story around lessons she learned.

Hers seems a very contemplative, intentional trip. She is a nun and her walking partner a priest, and while they try to go in without too many expectations, they also treat the trip as some combination of spiritual retreat and chance to examine, and improve, their inner selves. (Or perhaps those are one and the same?) But they focus on the more prosaic as well, worrying about blisters (this is the only book I've read where the author has claimed not to suffer from blisters at all along the trip—combination of walking in a relaxed manner, letting the feet breathe when they stop to rest, and regular applications of vaseline) and where they will next find food and whether or not there will be space at the refugio. They kept their professions to themselves along the way, with the understanding that doing so would result in a different set of interactions than they might have had otherwise.

The end holds an unexpected, sad twist, which Rupp treats with the same grace and perspective as she applies over the course of the book. She says up front that she hadn't planned to write a book about the Camino—she had actively planned not to write a book, in fact—but she ended up writing one of the better ones.

Written February 8, 2015; edited May 2016 for some minor fixes.
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February 10, 2014 – Shelved
February 10, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
February 10, 2014 – Shelved as: camino
February 10, 2014 – Shelved as: nonfiction
February 10, 2014 – Shelved as: religion
February 10, 2014 – Shelved as: travel
February 19, 2014 – Shelved as: z-2014
March 1, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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