Call of the Camino commences as an account of a walk along the Camino Frances from the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees, to the shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela and then on to Finisterre, the westernmost point of Spain. Something of the history of the Camino is recounted, as well as various of the myths, legends, and miracle stories which have over time become attached to the Camino and which have since the Middle Ages given special meaning to this itinerary.
The creation of Camino lore, however, is by no means at an end. The next strand to be woven into this work is an examination of the personal myths - the stories which we tell ourselves about ourselves - and the processes through which present-day pilgrims on the Camino may come to rewriteA" those stories. All manner of pilgrims, from all corners of the world, and for a great diversity of reasons, continue to be drawn to the Camino.
The miracles associated with today's Camino, for the author of this book, is how many of today's post-modern pilgrims, whatever their backgrounds or expectations, will come to consider the pilgrimage afterwards as having been one of the defining experiences of their lives.
American-bom Robert Mullen is an author and a computer scientist. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals in several countries. He lives in Edinburgh (Scotland).
Well-written (nothing is redundant), well-researched, and extremely readable, Robert Mullen has a rare gift for . . . conveying essential information about foreign terms and concepts without being either pedantic or condescending.
- Alison Raju, author, The Way of St. James: Pyrenees-Santiago-Finistere
Mullen brings a lovely blend of humour that always feels relevant and authentic . . . the Call of the Camino . . . might be the most important wake-up call of your life.
- John Brierley, author, The Camino Guides