The Path to Rome (Illustrated)

The Path to Rome (Illustrated)

by Hilaire Belloc


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As a young man Hillaire Belloc took off for a personal pilgrimage from Toul, France to Rome, Italy -- and he didn't want to take an easy way. If he had a choice of going around a mountain or over it, he wanted to go over it. His book--the story of his journey--is truly a delightful read. A good story teller, Belloc writes from a Catholic viewpoint and paints a picture of Europe before World War 1 before the lights went out for 30 years of constant strife and destruction. Along with various colorful characters along the way, some long forgotten fortresses, and the Italian Alps, Belloc weaves his travels with personal anecdotes and observations. Written at the turn-of-the-century, Belloc's words flow magically and playfully to form a description not only of one writer's determined passage, but of a time already long gone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481275378
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2012
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 383,337
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Hilaire Belloc (1870 1953) was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalized British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his writing collaboration with G. K. Chesterton. Belloc wrote on myriad subjects, from warfare to poetry to the many current topics of his day. He has been called one of the Big Four of Edwardian Letters, along with H.G.Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and G. K. Chesterton, all of whom debated each other into the 1930s. Belloc was closely associated with Chesterton, and Shaw coined the term Chesterbelloc for their partnership. Asked once why he wrote so much,] he responded, "Because my children are howling for pearls and caviar." Belloc observed that "The first job of letters is to get a canon," that is, to identify those works which a writer looks upon as exemplary of the best of prose and verse. For his own prose style, he claimed to aspire to be as clear and concise as "Mary had a little lamb." His best travel writing has secured a permanent following.

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The Path to Rome 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Belloc's physical and psychological walk toward Rome is an invitation to travel toward the significance of being human. He travels in as straight and serious a line as possible plunging into valleys and deep sarcasm and ascending mountains and spiritual revelations. Belloc is a down to earth traveler who progressively grows more exhausted and raggedier during the journey. He is a real man, walking under a real sky toward supernatural truth. His inexhaustible wit and clear understanding will stay with you long after you have finished his story.
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JosephTX More than 1 year ago
Erudite, witty and opinionated, Hilaire Belloc describes the walking pilgrimage he makes from his native Toul, France to Rome. He describes the places he passes through and the people he meets, with an eye for detail and an appreciation of human character. This in a Europe before the automobile or the airplane. Reading this book causes me to want to make a similar pilgrimage.