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Sunday, February 08, 2004
The Path to Rome
First published in Great Britain 1902
Published in Penguin Books 1958
This, the best-known of Belloc's books cannot be placed in any literary category. It has no ancestry, and left no progeny. It is a pilgrimage during whhich the pilgrim sings and sketches as he goes along; a travel-book in which the traveller talks of anything that comes into his head. The talk never becomes tedious, because when Belloc himself is bored by a stretch of road, he makes fun of his own boredom, and because the tone of voice changes continually. A passing thought, or a landscape which comes like a vision at the turn of a path, evokes that tenderness and melancholy which are are so surpriseing in such a vigorous and combative companion. Belloc once said "The Path to Rome is the only book I ever wrote for love".
To Miss R. H. Busk
THE PATH TO ROME: BELLOC'S WALK A CENTURY LATER
Published in the Canadian C. S. Lewis Journal, #100, (Autumn, 2001), 16-24.
James V. Schall, S. J.
Georgetown University, DC, 20057-1200
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