Friday, July 21, 2017

On the Camino

On the Camino by Jason, 186 pages
Graphic artist Jason recounts his journey on a 500-mile stretch of the pilgrimage route from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Part of the author's journey involves learning to interact with the people he meets along the way; walking with or near them during the day or sharing a meal at the hostels at night. Justin conveys the mix of loneliness, and companionship he felt, along with a bit of the wonder and spirituality (or something like spirituality that he finds and feels along the way.
Not really explained in the book is that Santiago, or St. James the Great, was, of course, the disciple of Jesus, who after he was "decapitated in Jerusalem with a sword by Herod Agrippa himself, his body was taken up by angels, and sailed in a rudderless, unattended boat to Iria Flavia in Iberia, where a massive rock closed around his relics, which were later removed to Compostela" (thanks, Wikipedia). His tomb was discovered in 814 and pilgrims have been making their way there ever since. An interesting book with compelling art.

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