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Book Title: A Room with a Pew: Sleeping Our Way Through Spain's Ancient Monasteries|
The author of the book: Richard Starks
ISBN 13: 9780762781454
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 1.83 MB
Edition: Lyons Press
Date of issue: September 4th 2012
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I accidentally deleted my review. Agh.
The authors make a trip across Spain, staying in Monasteries along the way. They write about the monks and nuns they encounter, the buildings, the history and some interesting local flavor along the way. They (or he) seem to be seeking and questioning faith, but don't expect a conversion story. Ultimately they seem more puzzled and amused by Christianity and it's practices, though they are clearly both enamored and awed by history - which helps balance it out a bit. Several times the author(s) express amazement and honor in being able to view the artifacts and relics in places they visited. Just not quite the same feelings on the idea and practice of faith.
It was interesting to see some of the differences between orders. It is clear a common theme between them all is generating income - some doing so in a "wholesome" way, some pandering to tourism - and bringing in new recruits to the orders. I think it should be considered that while some might find the Atheistic perspective and sometimes flip humor to be offensive, that the book does at least promote travel to monasteries in Spain, thus bringing struggling institutions some publicity and income, and therefore perhaps helping insure their survival. Though there's a touch of irony that this very thing offends the authors, who were put off by one monastery with too much traffic/tourism.
I feel the book really would have benefited with an insert of pictures of the places they stayed. I'm not an architecture buff, but I looked each place up and was impressed at how vast the differences were, the styles in architecture, and the locations of some of these places. Very interesting.
Monastery 1: http://www.monestirvallbona.cat/Home....
Monastery 2: http://www.monlora.com/santuario.html
Monastery 3: http://www.monasteriodeleyre.com (go to "Hotel Restaurante" then "Galeria de Imagenes")
Monastery 4: http://www.monasteriosantotomas.com/
Monastery 5: little fuzzy on this one
Monastery 6: http://www.monasterioescalonias.org/e...
Monastery 7: http://www.clarisas.marchena.net/web/...
Update - the author shared that due to economic reasons, they were not able to add a photo insert to the book, however, there is a youtube video they posted promoting the book and monastery travel. It's fantastic and will help give more sense of place. Take a look!
Read information about the authorRichard Starks is a former journalist, editor and publisher, and is now a full-time writer.
"I've written nine books so far, but sometimes feel I'm just getting started.
My latest book is a crime thriller, Money Doesn't Talk, It Kills (Prestwicke Publishing, 2014), which is now available as an ebook for Kindle and all other ereaders.
My other books include two more novels: a political thriller (published by PaperJacks Ltd.); and a financial thriller (published by McClelland and Stewart-Bantam Ltd.)
I've also written the novelization of a horror-movie script by the director David Cronenberg. And I've written for television.
My non-fiction books include a (fortunately short) economics book (published by Jame Lorimer & Co); and four book I've co-authored with Miriam Murcutt. These are:
Lost in Tibet (published by The Lyons Press; it tells the story of five US airmen who, in 1943, were forced to bail out of their plane over Tibet);
Along the River that Flows Uphill - from the Orinoco to the Amazon (published first by Haus Publishing and now also a Kindle ebook; it tells the story of a journey that Miriam Murcutt and I took along a strange river in Venezuela called the Casiquiare);
A Room with a Pew - sleeping our way through Spain's ancient monasteries (published by The Lyons Press; it tells the story of another journey we took, this time through Spain, where we stayed exclusively in ancient monasteries; and
Greenland for $1.99 (published by Prestwicke Publishing as a Kindle ebook; it gives an account of journey we made inside the Arctic Circle)."
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