"Through the centuries, people from all walks of life have heard the siren call of a pilgrimage, the lure to journey away from the familiar in search of understanding. But is a pilgrimage even possible these days for city-dwellers enmeshed in the everyday pressures of modern life? Or is there a way to be a pilgrim without leaving one's life behind? James Attlee answers that question with Isolarion, a thoughtful, streetwise, and personal account of his pilgrimage to a place he thought he already knew, one that lay right outside his door - the Cowley Road in Oxford. While his journey may have been a local one, the stories he uncovers are universal, encapsulating the hopes, dreams, and conflicts of the inhabitants of inner cities the world over. Isolarion takes its name from the fifteenth century atlases that attempted to build up an image of the world by mapping individual fragments of it, depicting each as a world in itself. That's what Attlee, sharp-eyed and armed with tape recorder and notebook, does for Cowley Road."
Book in good condition.