Murielle’s Angel

Murielle’s Angel

Murielle's Angel, a novel set along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim's way in Northern Spain, tells the story of an ordinary housewife who does something quite extraordinary.

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About the Book

Rosemary Wallace has become invisible even to herself.  She must do something, but what?

A pamphlet describing the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela shuffles its way to the top of a pile of old papers and her snap decision is made.  She will walk 500 miles across Northern Spain on her own with a rucksack on her back as pilgrims have done for over a thousand years.

The journey takes six weeks. The experience is life-enhancing. The characters she meets along the way, including Murielle the French artist whose painting of an angel induces helpless bursts of laughter in all who see it; Dominic, the amorous Flying Dutchman; Stefan an angry young filmmaker, with stories of their own worth sharing, help her to see the world anew. 

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Cinnamon Press
Publication Year: 2013
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Length: 224
ISBN: 9781907090837
List Price: £9.99
eBook Price: £5.49
A beautiful modern day Canterbury Tales following pilgrims through the joys and hardships of walking the Camino. As the story progresses we discover details of some of the very different characters' personal lives that have driven them to walk the ancient pilgrimage route, and watch as their paths become increasingly interwoven along their journey. The book makes you want to walk the Camino, which seems to fulfil the almost primordial need of the characters to make sense of, and search for meaning in their lives. The intensity of the experience of walking the Camino is conveyed really well and you're left with a sense of the lasting impact it must have on anyone who walks it.
Redolent of a sense of place, fragrant with the scents of the hedgerows and pastures of Northern Spain, insightful of the many pilgrims and their motives, this is a book to read for those looking for a reason to make the "camino".
Read this recently while on holiday in Spain, to get a feel for the Camino. Really well written and found it inspiring to hear about other people's stories about overcoming the ups and downs of life -Would recommend.
I was a bit sceptical, knowing the writer personally but I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading, as I could relate to the story, having friends who have done the Camino. As a walker myself, having done long distance footpaths, I could appreciate the long slogs. The story was intriguing although sad in parts and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read. Thank you Mary and good luck walking 250 miles of Camino this year.
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