Belloc was a prolific English writer of history, travel and cultural commentary of late 19th/early 20th century, roughly contemporary with Chesterton. Now out of fashion, this book, printed by a small press almost as a favor to bibliophile, is a great find at a remarkable price.
Oct 21, 2010
A Gutsy Undertaking
This book is an account of rugged walk from Toul in France to Rome. On a spur of the moment decision, the writer, Hilaire Belloc decides to make a pilgrimage to Rome after seeing an image in the village church.
Wearing only a linen suit and light shoes, he sets out through France, over the mountains for Rome and nearly perishes with cold in the mountain pass.
He carries only a minimum amount of food and appears to prefer wine to water.
Although he does not succeed in his ambition to reach Rome without transport assistance, he does almost make it.
Given that this trip was in the early 1900's, his efforts and pwerful descriptions are still relevant to similar efforts today.
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