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The Camino: A Pilgrimage of Courage [Paperback]

Shirley MacLaine
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2 July 2001
'The Santiago Camino has been traversed for thousands of years by saints, sinners, generals, misfits, kings and queens. It is done with the intent to find one's deepest spiritual meaning and resolutions regarding conflicts in Self' - from the Introduction Shirley MacLaine is far more than a Hollywood legend - for the last three decades she has continued with her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding. A truly inspirational woman, Shirley was prompted to take part in the annual pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain after receiving two anonymous letters imploring her to take the difficult trip. In her mid-sixties, Shirley managed to finish the nearly 500-mile trek in only thirty days - a phenomenal achievement. Throughout history, many illustrious pilgrims from all over Europe have taken up the trail, from St Francis of Assisi to Dante and Chaucer. Now it is Shirley's turn. With rich insight, humility and her trademark grace, Shirley MacLaine gently leads us through the range of astonishing and liberating visions and revelations that are revealed to her as she walked the pilgrimage. THE CAMINO promises readers the journey of a thousand lifetimes.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743409213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743409216
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Known as the "Camino," the ancient road to Santiago de Compostela is a famous pilgrimage trek taken by people for centuries across northern Spain. It is said, by some, that this 500-mile path lies directly under the Milky Way and that it reflects the energy of the star systems above it. Facing her seventh decade of life on earth, writer and actor Shirley MacLaine decided to take this fascinating trek. She wasn't sure why, she only knew that the Camino had been travelled for thousands of years by "saints, sinners, generals, misfits, kings and queens". Her motivation was that doing the trek would help "to find one's deepest spiritual meaning and resolutions regarding conflicts in Self".

Typical of MacLaine, this is a personal story with enormous adventure, a smattering of flashbacks, and a hefty serving of cosmic revelations. Like a true pilgrim, MacLaine travels solo, willing to strip herself down to the backpacking essentials and find deeper meaning in all the bizarre, frightening, and coincidental events she encounters along the way. It is no small feat that this sixtysomething woman walked this gruelling path in 30 days. Readers can expect vivid stories of stalking paparazzi, icy showers, bouts of hunger, lost paths, a worshipping young man, a deranged woman screaming in a roadside shelter, saintly truck drivers, a fellow pilgrim in a wheelchair, bouts of constipation and diarrhoea, and a cosmic crescendo that will knock the socks off MacLaine's fans. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shirley MacLaine is a highly successful, Oscar-winning actress and bestselling writer. As well as starring in a run of top films over the last few decades, including SWEET CHARITY, IRMA LA DOUCE, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT and its sequel, THE EVENING STAR, MacLaine has also written a number of memoirs and spiritual guides. She is presently living in Malibu, California.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Shirley goes within - agin. Despite sore feet and travelling companions who would try the patience of a saint, she meets her Guru; zips off to the lost continents of Atlantis and Lemuria; is shown the origin of marriage; discovers why the Missing Link is missing; learns the destinction between soul-mates and twin souls; undergoes a form of Hara-Kiri that dosen't spoil the carpet; AND ... is back in time for tea. For those familiar with the writings of Alice Bailey, Shirley's revelation seems to be complementary to, rather than contradictory of, that text. There seems to be pressure building "behind the scenes" to kick-start humanity into a better understanding of its origins.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mad Mad World 13 Jun 2010
I got this book as prepatory reading for my forthcoming attempt at the Santiago Camino or Camino de Santiago and was looking forward to it. Shirley MacLaine, I remember in the past was regarded as somewhat eccentric, but I can be too, so fairs fair and all that.
during the early chapters I was in tune with Shirley and here at last I felt I found my soulmate from what she was saying her reasons were for wanting to attempt this pilgrimage. I was excited and wanted to go sooner. Then it all started to go horribly wrong, when she met John the Scot of Irish descent, John the Scot, an apparition and sexual healer came to Shirley at night to enlighten her on the real reasons for her existence, her future, the First Cause, Adam and Eve, the Evil of Dogs and much much more.
Ms MacLaine's imagination is without doubt a force to be reckoned with, but if what she writes is supposed to be some kind of stream of thought, I couldn't buy it. She warns the reader that that might be the case, advising to consider going on at one point.
I did and I was drowned in the pool of fantastical revelations.
Events that I have not seen described since I read R D Laings schizophrenic uttering in The Politics of Experience/Bird of Paradise.
The Pilgrims Walk becomes a non-event in all this, only on occasion does she go back to it to relate where and when she pissed, slept or encountered the press.
The subheading of the book is A Pilgrimage of Courage. Determination is what is required to stick with this journey.
My book will take place on Earth
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Shirley MacLaine has written an entertaining and inspiring account of her pilgrimage. The first time I read this book it proved to be just too much to take on board - the second time around was far more enjoyable. Keep an open mind and you will find that there is a great deal to be discovered in this book, take from it what you will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the camino 15 Oct 2012
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Arrogant, conceited, far fetched, ridiculous rubbish.
Only read it to the end because I'm not a quitter.
There are plenty of good books about the Camino, and I'll read them all.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really sure!! 21 Mar 2002
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After finishing this book,I have to admit that I am not sure what to make of it. I am not even sure if I want to believe it although I do believe that the author herself is honest with her readers in what she thinks she heard and saw.
Like other reviewers, I also found her critical of others, almost everyone, except the glamourous characters she 'meets' in her meditations and dreams. However, she is very brave to write all this and to put herself up for ridicule as well as doubts at her sanity. She is obviously a highly intelligent woman, who has developed to a higher spiritual level than most of us so who am I to critisize or doubt. If she is right, and all this is true and she really did see and hear all this and meet the people she did, then the rest of us lesser mortals are very far behind. Which maybe we are. Would love to be more specific, but I have to admit that I just do not know, I was not there and I did not see it. So, who knows? Maybe Shirley?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ** A Pilgramage For Us All ** 6 Jan 2002
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I have read all of Shirley's books over the years, and The Camino really is inspiring. If you are prepared to open your heart & mind, and allow each chapter (expecially 15) to break down old traditional views then maybe you will feel like I felt, that deep inside Shirley had opened up a door and everything she tells was like "Coming Home or I knew this" See for yourself and see how you feel. Try Shirley's site too !!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A load of codswallop! 21 Sep 2010
I have read (and walked!) extensively on the Camino. This must be the worst piece of literature there is on the subject (and there are lots).

MacLaine's book is mumbo-jumbo, self regarding, conceited and unbelievable. I trudged through to the end, but wasted my time. Don't waste yours.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars big fan 30 Jan 2008
By b.lops
Firstly I have to say I'm a big fan of Shirley Maclaine so this may be a rather biased review. I would hope that others would read it with an open mind and realize that she has no need to invent stories to gain publicity as her revelations in this book could be viewed as detrimental to her credibilty. I am full of admiration for this 'ballsy chick' after reading this, for having the guts to actually do the pilgramage and then to write so honestly about it. Be prepared for past life revelations and tales from Atlantis. Whatever my beliefs I know Shirley Maclaine is certain of hers and I give her 4 stars for writing a thought provoking, entertaining and revealing book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars read with anticipation
The book started out ok, very interesting and informative. It helps if you are a spiritual person or open-minded, as towards the end of the book, I couldn,t relate to the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by yvonne shepherd
2.0 out of 5 stars Gives New Age a bad name
As a book it is -it was, actually, for I've binned it- all that you could expect: well made, with covers and written-on pages filling the space between, too light for a door stop,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Owennada
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!
Wow! What can I say but WOW! For anybody who is already spiritually aware and on their journey this book is a must. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. L. Fance
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it because...
The inner covers show Ms MacLaines stamps from her journey on the Cmino. Yeah she writes in a peculiar (New Age?) spiritual way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by enchantment
4.0 out of 5 stars Spritual Trip
I had already read this book and bought it for a friend as a Christmas present. She loved it. It charts a very personal spiritual journey taken by a lot of other folk over the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brenda Brett
1.0 out of 5 stars Test of endurance
This book is the ideal preparation for walking the Camino because if you have the powers of endurance to get to the end of this nonsense then the 400 odd miles of the actual walk... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a nasty review
Thank goodness i didn't read the reviews before buying the book, honestly its as if everybody was out to get Shirley before they had even read the thing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beccles
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had this book recommended to me and it starts off really well but after a few hundred mile you are plunged into realms of fantasy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynn Dryden
4.0 out of 5 stars Camino addicts
A good read for those contemplating doing the Camino. My book secondhand had been with a pilgrim. No paparazzi for us though...
Published 16 months ago by K. Terry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The Camino
This book was written by Shirley following her walking the Camino, however the book lacks the Camino journey and is more a description of past life regression. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Davcol
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