Book Reviews of The Camino : A Journey of the Spirit

The Camino : A Journey of the Spirit
The Camino A Journey of the Spirit
Author: Shirley MacLaine
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ISBN-13: 9780743400732
ISBN-10: 0743400739
Publication Date: 4/1/2001
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
GREAT book! This story is about Maclaine's pilgrimage through the long, arduous but enlightening Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. Read about her visions, her clashes with the press and meet the quirky and yet fascinating characters she meets along the way. Worth the read!
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Helpful Score: 1
"Readers can expect vivid stories . . . and a cosmic crescendo that will knock the socks off MacLaine's fans." -

"MacLaine's a capable writer, and she's at her best here when describing the particulars of the journey." - Booklist

One of my all-time favorite books.
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From Publishers Weekly
Following a centuries-old tradition, entertainer MacLaine walked nearly 500 miles across northern Spain's Camino Santiago de Compostela. This memoir of her formidable journey, like her other books, is a likely candidate for bestsellerdom as well as for ridicule in some quarters. An effort to "feel human again," her physical feat was daunting: she hiked for 10 hours a day on her own, often in intense heat, and slept in refugios--crowded, dirty shelters. Though she observes the small villages, historic cathedrals and other trekkers along the way, MacLaine is most interested in her interior journey. The actress, who has written before about her numerous past lives in such books as Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light, senses that she's walked the Camino before as a coffee-colored, dark-haired woman of Charlemagne's time. Visited in dreams by a spiritual guide, she connects her various lives and soul mates, revealing that her former lover (in this life) was Olaf Palme, the assassinated Swedish Prime Minister. As the journey progresses, she revisits the origins of the human race in the edenic Lemuria, then the dawn of Atlantis and on to ADAMic civilization. On the earthly plane, MacLaine seems to enjoy evading the press, which she compares to fearsome dogs, and whose pursuit escalates as she gets closer to the end of the journey. Though she completed the Camino in 30 days instead of the planned 40, her arrival in Santiago lacks a Hollywood finale. Instead, she slips into the famous cathedral and leaves immediately for Madrid. Major ad/promo; author tour; 20-city TV satellite tour; 20-city radio satellite tour. (May)
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I loved this book, as I have loved all of Shirley MacLaine's writings. She takes the reader to far out places...physically, spiritually, and in our imagination. Some of her musings are truly "far-out" but they also remind me that there is no "ONE WAY" to attain spiritual fulfillment.
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Extremely interesting, difficult to put down.