The Pilgrimage 25th Anniversary Edition

The Pilgrimage 25th Anniversary Edition

The Pilgrimage 25th Anniversary Edition

I was not aware there was a special 25th anniversary edition of The Pilgrimage (2012) with a special introduction by Paulo Coelho until I spotted one on display in Waterstone’s in Farnham today on a cold winter afternoon.

Most people think The Alchemist was the first book written by Paulo Coelho. It wasn’t, the first was The Pilgrimage.

It was walking El Camino de Santiago that inspired Paulo Coelho to write The Alchemist.

Many of his early books have their origins somewhere along El Camino de Santiago.

When he walked El Camino de Santiago, it had fallen into disuse, maybe 400 pilgrims a year. Since publication of the Pilgrimage, the numbers have risen exponentially, with peaks in Holy Years, such that by 2005 there were 400 a day passing a bar on the halfway point.

El Camino de Santiago is medieval pilgrim’s route that runs along northern Spain. The destination is Santiago de Compostela where lies the remains of Apostle James the Greater, St James.

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2 Responses to “The Pilgrimage 25th Anniversary Edition”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Three books by Paulo Coelho

    http://keithpp.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/three-books-by-paulo-coelho/

  2. keithpp Says:

    Worth their weight in gold

    http://keithpp.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/worth-their-weight-in-gold/

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