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By Kirk Ward Robinson

the necessity to go back and forth is in Robinson’s blood, from his earliest stories, yet anything else joined his adventure in the course of a hike during the Scottish Highlands through the Nineteen Nineties. History—in the shape of historic lands which were altered throughout the millennia; of stone partitions that experience stood past any reminiscence; of tumble-down retains that when garrisoned appealing Highland lochs; of muted battlefields the place courageous Highlanders fought and died—history settled down upon him with tangible weight, directing his travels from then on.

Part travelogue, half outdoors event, half historic quest, mountaineering via historical past recounts Robinson’s travels as a middle-aged solo backpacker via Spain, France and Italy in 2005. mountaineering, in general, Robinson the path of Hannibal’s impressive march over the Alps in the course of the moment Punic conflict, a trip that led Robinson into comedian misadventures and clashes of tradition, but additionally published to him out-of-the approach areas of breathtaking attractiveness and enduring friendship. Robinson’s descriptions of landscapes are brilliant, and the folk he meets come alive in his recollection. Hannibal’s historical past weaves out and in of Robinson’s narrative, like a parallel timeline of expertise, thousand years aside yet in detail current throughout.

Later, in France, Robinson searches for a private reference to Joan of Arc. He tells her tale in relocating aspect as he strains the process her brief lifestyles, from her birthplace at Domremy to her wonderful successes in conflict within the Loire; from her maximum triumph at Reims to her tragic dying at Rouen. And the entire whereas he battles French tradition and fends off criticisms of the us. France is an enigma to him, yet nonetheless he unearths attractiveness and friendship—and he unearths Joan, introduced ahead via background to the touch him deeply.

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