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Jun 12, Roger Buck rated it it was amazing. I’d forgotten how satirical Belloc could be and I loved his asides to the reader. These meditations are highly entertaining as are his encounters with people he meets: America, France, England, and Ireland.

They were quite nice and really enhanced those moments of the journey where he talked about the natural splendor of an roe and captured a quick image of it. Stylistically dated, more bombastic than Chesterton, but entertaining nonetheless. Nov 16, Erik marked it as to-read Shelves: Quotes from The Path to Rome. Geography—notably the Alps for which he is roome prepared in his thin summer clothes and ragged shoes —interferes with that straight line.

He did this dressed in a suit, a tie and city street shoes. It’s quite literally about the physical path to Rome, the hiking trail that Belloc trudged along from eastern France to the City of Rome in His literary skills are gilaire class and his humor is unforced and springs from deep within his being. I also thought the whole point was that he was on a pilgrimage to reach a particular church by a particular day to celebrate a mass in honor of Sts.

There are no discussion topics on this patg yet. It is truly a wonderful excursion into life with a A delightful travelogue that is really about religion and history and the meaning of life. This novel, more ti Absolutely breathtaking, marvelous experience; as others have said, I truly feel like I was walking along, in my hard worn shoes, all those enchanting and disheartening miles to Rome with my good friend Hillaire Belloc.

Amanda rated it really liked it Jun 09, Published November 3rd by Hard Press first published As travel writing it is first-rate.


O ye patron saints and angels That protect the four Evangels And ye prophets vel majores Vel incerti vel minores, Virgines et confessores Chief of whose peculiar glories Est in aula regis stare Atque clamare et conclamare, Clamantes cum clamoribus Pro nobis peccatoribus. The edition I read included his sketches that he made along the bellox so in this particular case, I’d say I read the book for the pictures. Duncan rated it really liked it Oct 14, Belloc writes as if the reader is a good friend.

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Ein Buch, das so beginnt: Want to Read saving…. To ask other readers questions about The Path to Romeplease sign up. Pafh rated it liked it Jun 06, The author is the biggest grouch, drinks altogether too much wine, and profoundly despises tourists. Sleeping outdoors, he discovers, is not as pleasant to actually do hilairre to contemplate.

We loved following his path on the map, and now want to visit some of the obscure places orme passed through we never even knew existed! It is an amazingly Catholic book, full of the joy of living in the hope that comes of knowing that we are redeemed.

I’m sure I would have enjoyed chats with him, Someday He is at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and deeply philosophical. A four-star bellooc with one star removed for the didactic preaching and closed-mindedness and the whiff of misogyny.

Reading The Path to Rome, I kept wondering what a ramble through this territory would be like today, and understood the desire of many writers to follow in the footsteps of travelers who went before.

Return to Book Page. I enjoyed reading about Belloc’s journey to Rome and how life use to be. Refresh and try again. Along with the sublime descriptive passages his description of his first view of the Alps made me catch my breath and mark the passage to copy and savea tr A four-star book with one star removed for the didactic preaching and closed-mindedness and the whiff of misogyny.

And Belloc is good enough at it that forty years later I can quote it from memory: The heart of the book is in his encounters with the people he meets patb his journey, I laughed out aloud on a number of occasions. He was a very, very good and entertaining writer. This novel, more than anything else, filled me with the zeitgesit of the early 20th century– really the vestages of the 19th– as the soul of Old Europe– its lonely valleys, hospitable hamlets, communal market days, and Catholic peasants– took its last gasps before the destruction of the Great War and the march of technocapital.


It is truly a wonderful excursion into life with a most literate and compassionate companion. This is supposedly Belloc’s best book and, by his own admission, his personal favorite, but it’s not my favorite Belloc book. Howard rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Some people might think that a book with this title would necessarily be about converting to Roman Catholicism. It was fascinating to experience tome pilgrimage on foot across a large part of Europe at bdlloc time when tourism as we know it today did not exist.

Jun 19, Daniel Vinzant rated it it was amazing. He sang of Italy, I of four countries: Of course folks like Chesterton and Waugh were able to do this with an effortlessness that makes their work enjoyable. We chatted about the past, God, and Europe, while all along the way we encountered quaint hamlets, worn down towers, breathtaking mountain tops, magnificent cathedrals, treacherous river crossings, salt of the earth peasants, and even a run in with the law.

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All this merely leads up to saying that this book reads like fiction, and along the way contains nuggets of political philosophy, European history and culture, musings on tradition and some frank sentimentality from an author who was at his best when expressing his outraged longing for a world which was gone but whose return he demanded.

Jul 17, Stella rated it liked it. Possibly this serves in illustrating how the human mind becomes less philosophical as the body suffers from fatigue.

It’s dated, but still very fine.