The Camino Letters

The Camino Letters

26 Tasks on the Way to Finisterre

Book - 2010
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When Canadian writer and lawyer Julie Kirkpatrick decided to walk the ancient pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago in the summer of 2009 she was not looking for a life-changing experience. It was to be a holiday in the fresh air, a break from the hectic routine of her law practice and its endless to-do lists, and a chance to catch up with her teenage daughter. Thinking that it would help to pass the time she asked 26 friends to set tasks for her - one task for each of the 26 days of the walk. At the end of each day she would write a letter to the day's taskmaster. But the tasks came as unexpected gifts, full of meaning and love, and what began as a light-hearted diversion soon became a journey into the labyrinth of her life.
Publisher: Millbrook, Ont. : Pyxis Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780986513404
Branch Call Number: 914.611 KIR 2010
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 22 cm


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May 14, 2018

This was a great read. It wasn't just a story about walking el Camino. There are so many dimensions to this journey, so many references, lots of learning. It's about the physical, spiritual, medical, family relationships, serendipity. It spoke to me on so many levels.

Lorna Apr 28, 2011

I really enjoyed this. The chapters are quite short, so good for reading at times when you might be interrupted.
A story of how the mystical and the practical collide during a mother-daughter walk on the pilgrim trail.

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