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Pilgrim Guides to Spain: Camino Mozarabe or Via De La Plata Paperback – 1 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Confraternity of St James; 9th edition edition (1 Jan. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1906364273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906364274
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,653,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 2 July 2014
Format: Paperback
After noticing several mistakes within a few days of commencing the walk I read Ms. Raju's introduction where she stated this was not a walking guide at all but rather a guide to churches and places with religious links to St. James! Not what I expected and not what the publishers The Confraternity of St. James normally produce (I've used several of their other "guides" and always found them most satisfactory) This change in emphasis should be reflected in the books title

The author claims the main purpose of this booklet is to supplement other walking guides. I'm amazed that the CSJ accepted and backed this idea. I for one when setting out on a 1,000 km-plus trek will not carry a feather more than is absolutely essential and 2 guides are a luxury. Secondly, anyone who has walked in Spain in the last decade will know that outside of the cities 99.9% of churches are padlocked and bolted. So Ms. Raju expects and/or recommends peregrinos to add on 6 or 8 km long detours to already long walks to look at statues that are in reality locked away behind closed doors? Her reason for writing this booklet is therefore on very shaky ground.

There are a huge number of either incorrect statements and/or material that is long out of date. This book inflicted both extra time and extra cost on me because 4 of the albergues she mentions (and I based a day's walking on) were either closed or in one case had been converted to an old folks home "years ago"! I know for a fact that some of the distances she quotes are road distances and not walking distances at all ! Many of the bars or hostals or places of interest she refers to are not on the Camino at all but on the N630 or N525 and on several occasions I felt what I was reading was more like a motoring guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Book is a fraud! 25 Dec. 2014
By Michael Y. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Do not buy this book! There is about one paragraph dedicated to the Camino Mozarabe (the main reason I bought this book). There are no photos and barely any maps of the Via De La Plata. The quality of the book, it's a few sheets of copy paper stapled together, and the cover is a sheet of paper with simple font and text run through a laminator. The retail of this book should be more like $2, not around $15.
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