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The Slow Breath of Stone Pamela Petro

The Slow Breath of Stone By Pamela Petro

The Slow Breath of Stone by Pamela Petro


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An absorbing travel book, a meditation on geology, photography, Romanesque art and the romance of physical decline, The Slow Breath of Stone throws a mirror on Europe of the Middle Ages and its hold on us today.

The Slow Breath of Stone Summary

The Slow Breath of Stone: A Romanesque Love Story by Pamela Petro

An absorbing travel book, a meditation on geology, photography, Romanesque art and the romance of physical decline, The Slow Breath of Stone throws a mirror on Europe of the Middle Ages and its hold on us today.

In the years following the devastations of the first world war, a brilliant, young American couple, Kingsley and Lucy Porter, travelled to south-west France to document the abbeys and basilicas of the Romanesque period. Their extraordinary photographs revealed some of the most feverishly inventive stonescapes in Europe, stories chiselled from the Bible and nightmares: rams playing harps and devils eating men's brains; a female centaur pulling a mermaid's hair; women suckling snakes at their breasts. For the Porters, these were images of an imagined world that unlocked secrets of the eleventh century but, menacingly, cast a dark shadow over their marriage.

In The Slow Breath of Stone, Pamela Petro rents a car and, using the Porter's photographs and Lucy's journal as her map, retraces their journey through the wild landscapes of the Rouergue. She visits the beautiful and disturbing sculptures of monsters and animals devouring prey that adorn the cathedrals of Cahors and Carcassonne, and she explores a limestone quarry from where these great slabs of stone were hewn a thousand years ago. She walks the routes of pilgrimages, testaments to the tenacity of human hope, meeting people along the way and savouring the local food and wine. Above all, she journeys deep into the strange relationship of the sexually incompatible Lucy and Kingsley, following them to Donegal where their marriage was to end tragically and mysteriously on the cliffs of Inishbofin.

The Slow Breath of Stone Reviews

'Enthusiastic and indiscreet, funny and learned, Petro is about as good a travel companion as you could get.'
Spectator

'Petro is the sort of writer you really look forward to meeting. Entertaining and informative, she writes with such disarming frankness that you feel you know every quirk about her.'
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About Pamela Petro

Pamela Petro was educated in America, France and Wales, and has since taught Welsh and travel writing. Her previous books are Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh, and Sitting Up With the Dead: a Storied Journey through the American South. She lives in Massachusetts.

Additional information

GOR002242776
9780002571470
0002571471
The Slow Breath of Stone: A Romanesque Love Story by Pamela Petro
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2005-04-04
320
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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