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Book review

‘Paris to the Pyrenees’ and ‘Walking Home’

“You walk with yourself,” says the canon of the Autun Cathedral to David Downie, “but that does not mean you walk selfishly.”

What, then, is the point of a pilgrimage, by foot, across hundreds of miles that connect villages, farms, churches, and strangers, if not to improve the self? Options might include: a cardiovascular upgrade, blisters, escape, or enlightenment. Or what else might the walker hope to gain?

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