Sunday, December 7, 2014

More on Sellner’s Pilgrimage

OK, so maybe I was a bit hard on Pilgrimage by Edward C. Sellner, Ph.D. There are many things to grumble about in a book that turns pilgrimage into a spiritual quest for your own personal star, gleam, bliss, whatever.

But there are two things to like.

First is the extensive bibliography, six pages in length, though admittedly we’re talking six little square pages in one of those little square books that publishers turn out to turn profits. But the bib contains at least thirty books I would do well to look at before my pilgrimage to Montreal in May.

Second thing to like is a one-page list of Five Pilgrimage Classics. This list is infinitely more satisfying than the list of Five Great Pilgrimage Movies, over which I kvetched yesterday.

Here’s the list of great books about pilgrimage:

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
The Way of  Pilgrim
William Langland, Piers the Plowman
Hillaire Belloc, The Path to Rome

I’ve read the first two. The last three are going directly to the top of my Goodreads to-read list.

I’m thinking that Dante, The Divine Comedy, belongs in the top 5, but what to bump? It’s like the college football playoffs. Only one of the three is likely to make it: Baylor, Ohio State, TCU. Only one makes the cut.

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