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The Path to Rome (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) [Paperback]

By Hilaire Belloc (Author)
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Item description for The Path to Rome (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) by Hilaire Belloc...

Hilaire Belloc's best work -- according to the author, as well as most critics -- "The Path to Rome" is less concerned with Rome itself than with a pilgrim's journey to the Eternal City. A spirited Catholic apologist, Belloc traveled on foot from Toul (near Nancy), France, and crossed the Alps and the Apennines in order to, in his words, "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Afterward, he turned his pen from his usual polemics to literature, and related in finely crafted prose his myriad experiences with the people he met along the way, as well as his reflections on tradition, politics, landscape, and much else. Throughout, the work abounds in Belloc's inimitable wit and good humor, and displays his profound love for the land, his faith, and his fellow man.

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Studio: Dover Publications
Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 24, 2005
Publisher   Dover Publications
ISBN  048644001X  
ISBN13  9780486440019  

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More About Hilaire Belloc

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hilaire Belloc was born at St. Cloud, France, in 1870. He and his family moved to England upon his father s death, where he took first-class honors in history at Balliol College in Oxford, graduating in 1895. It has been stated that his desire was to rewrite the Catholic history of both France and England. He wrote hundreds of books on the subjects of history, economics, and military science, as well as novels and poetry. His works include The Great Heresies, Europe and the Faith, Survivals and New Arrivals, The Path to Rome, Characters of the Reformation, and How the Reformation Happened.

Hilaire Belloc was born in 1870 and died in 1953.

Hilaire Belloc has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Liberty Fund Classics on Liberty

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2Books > Subjects > Travel > Europe > France > General
3Books > Subjects > Travel > Europe > France
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It's all about the journey  May 1, 2007
Belloc shares his adventure of making a pilgrimage to Rome on foot in the early twentieth century (prior to World War I). He was "On the Road" fifty years before Kerouac on a spiritual journey full of faith, wit, beautiful scenery, interesting characters, and personal adventures.
when writing was writing  May 30, 2006
This is writen in a style and voice that is not found in modern works.
Timeless!  Dec 20, 2005
Joseph Heloise Pierre René Belloc (July 27, 1870 - July 16, 1953) was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. This is a credible rendering of his views on religion and politics.
A worthy read. The Path to Rome (1902), an account of a walking trip he took from central France to Rome, has remained continuously in print.

If you are to read anything by Belloc, this would be an excellent start.
Return to a simpler time  Jan 25, 2005
Partly travelogue, partly interior monolog, completely entertaining! The young Belloc describes his walking trip from southeastern France to Rome, which (most intriguingly) he tries to accomplish by walking in a straight line, 30-45 miles a day. This extraordinary route takes him well off the beaten track, through isolated villages, nearly unpassable mountains and rivers, and sparsely populated plains. Belloc describes his experiences with his usual insight and offers humurous digressions on aspects of faith and culture as well. The book also contains a good number of rough landscape sketches he drew during his journey. In the end, Belloc paints a thoroughly detailed and honest picture of the Europe he loved so well and was to write of with such power. In the process he also gives us a detailed picture of his own character and mood, something quite helpful in interpreting his historical works.
Lucid and lovely and often wickedly funny.  Mar 5, 2004
I enjoyed this book very much.

I normally read very quickly, but at the beginning I found it so lovely and funny that I deliberately slowed myself down-- reading only 20 pages per day or so-- so that I could savor it a little bit. I lost that a little bit in the latter parts of the book.

Although this is a story of a holy pilgrimage, eo not expect a either a traditional travel book or any kind of treatise on religious enlightenment. Using an Auctor/Lector conversation, Belloc's constant witty asides about the purpose of the book solidly ground the reading in the mundane. The thing is, that it is a beautiful vision of the mundane--worldly in the best sense of the word.

Reading The Path to Rome made me jealous of the journey.

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