|About the Book|
IntroductionJourney of a Stickman, written light-heartedly and with anecdotes and parables interspersed, describes the way the author observes and experiences his pilgrimage along the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He alsoMoreIntroductionJourney of a Stickman, written light-heartedly and with anecdotes and parables interspersed, describes the way the author observes and experiences his pilgrimage along the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He also records his encounters with fellow pilgrims and locals.The ancient 800 km pilgrim’s route dates back to AD 900 and by now millions of people with their burdens and contemplations have undertaken the strenuous journey to reach Santiago. This prompted the author to contemplate on what life must have been like in those early days. He reflects on interesting historic events and humanity in general.While the Catholic Church dominated Europe and the ‘Moors’ occupied Spain, influence and the knowledge from the Middle East enriched contemporary Europe. Prompted by archaeological excavations along the Camino, the author sketches a picture of our own development through millennia.The third part of ‘Journey of a Stickman’ refers to introspective thoughts of a pilgrim on his way, reflecting on his life and tentatively laying his thoughts bare on a number of social, behavioural and religious experiences. He touches on tolerance, apology, gratitude, love, bullying, crossroads and other themes and suggests that greater mindfulness in daily life is the key to reducing tension, misgivings and strife. The various themes are seamlessly intertwined and make for an interesting read.‘Journey of a Stickman’ is not a description of the Camino in the conventional sense, it is a colourful presentation of a multifaceted journey - a pilgrimage of discovery.Should the reader be intrigued by the title of this book, he may ask what the stickman is all about and what he has to do with this journal. He will find the answer as he reads further. I can reveal however, that the Stickman, with his related 2500 year old history, was at times a handsome companion during my summer walk along the Camino, although I missed him during my winter walk through ice and snow.