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60 and Solo on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela by [Smith, Kay]
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  • Language: English
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This is basically an unedited version of the emails the author sent to her family from the Camino. The lack of editing certainly shows, every day we have non-stop beautiful views, lovely people and delicious meals, frequently expressed in the exact same words each day.

Camino books can be valuable either as a practical guide book, or as an exploration of thoughts, experiences and feelings before and during the Camino. Unfortunately this book is neither.

I don't accept that a person can reach the age of 60 without having regrets and losses. The Camino is a wonderful mirror to reflect on these and, if you are lucky, come to some resolution. The rain, the mud, the blisters, the wind, the hills, the wonderful and the appalling people you meet on the way have got to mean something and to deliver some message.

This peregrina seems to bring nothing to the Camino and appears to take nothing away. I'm sure that there is a real human story to her trip but this is certainly not it.
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first book i have read on this subject. Quite inspiring - would love to take this trip someday. lots of tips....
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Loved it... so many memories of my camino... :-)
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Very readable
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HASH(0x9a287150) out of 5 stars No Dark Night Of The Soul 23 Feb. 2014
By Noiresque - Published on Amazon.com
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60 and Solo on The Camino de Santiago de Compostela by Kay Smith is a novelty among the Camino memoirs I have read thus far: a peregrina with no personal insights or problems to grapple with on The Way. Neither the surrounds, the walking, the people, lingering thoughts of her life, nor her health have, as per her writing, a major emotional nor psychological effect. I have read several ebooks and blogs from non-religious seniors and all were vastly more interesting. There is little of the fear and vulnerability that make up an element of humanity that writers generally struggle with on The Camino present in this memoir. As such, it does not make for very interesting reading.

The entire book could be summed as a postcard - "Having a great time, wish you were here!". The writer presents herself as strong in her abilities and sense of self. Judging from the maps of ground covered per day she is a fine walker for any age and takes blisters, dodgy auberges, great food and new friendships alike with a brisk, unintellectual cheeriness.

She's creeped out by Catholicism, doesn't understand the purpose of Franciscan monasticism, generally dislikes churches, and decides to abort her few attempts to argue with a few of the spiritually incline co-walkers. However she labels some helpful pilgrims with the New-Age "Angel" sobriquet. She ends her memoir prior to attending the mass with the swinging Botafumeiro in Santiago.

The author is a former teacher and writes with a very casual, email style as would suit young teens: capitalized words, ellipses, numerous exclamation marks, LOLs and OMGs abound. Almost appropriately, the author manages to form a clique of friendly walkers on the first day with an acronym of their home nations! Yet by the end I had gained little insight into her person.

The only real note of interest are the included snippets of maps from the infamous Brierley guide. I wonder if permission to reprint these effect the pricing, because the book is also almost prohibitively expensive for its quality. Over 9 Australian dollars for an book I read in probably hour and a half in snippets during an airport layover is, I think, asking too much.

For the reason of cost, as well as the quality of the writing, if I were a ranking person I'd give this 1.5/5.
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HASH(0x9a2871a4) out of 5 stars Superficial 8 May 2015
By Stevelm1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Superficial is the one word I would use to describe this book. Kay does tell us about her daily walks but very little on what she was thinking about. Including Brierley's topographical maps was a nice touch to help us know where she was walking and the terrain she faced. She includes the usual reports on blisters and other maladies, hers and others. She does offer some useful reviews of a few places to stay along the Way. She does tell us about people she met along the Way, but for less than about 1% of the book do we get to hear what they talked about. She does tell us how much she likes walking alone, but never lets us in on what she was thinking about during these times. Perhaps she is one of the few who walk the Camino de Santiago and did not have a mental transformation, perhaps she did. We do not get to know about that from her as she never wrote about it. She does tell us a little about the sights along her path, but not much and not very descriptive. I am sure this book was a great ego boost for her to get her blogs published, but after reading almost a dozen books on the Camino I found this one to be the most superficial. I was also disappointed about the price I paid on Kindle for such a short book.

I am a 61 year old male that is planning on walking the Camino alone later this year. As a result I have read quite a few books on this topic. I got this one to gain some insight on how a woman close to my age approached this trek. I was very disappointed with the lack of internal disclosure she provided on how the long walk affected her mentally. Perhaps I am asking to much.

I am sorry Kay but I can't recommend your book.
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HASH(0x9ac13d5c) out of 5 stars Thanks for the inspiration! 11 July 2014
By Bronwyn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is and does what it says in the preface: it is an edited blog, written by a Mum for her children, in celebration of her new found freedom as a retiree - and it encourages us all, whether young or old, to consider bigger possibilities.
In walking the 800km Camino, there are no ordeals, demons or epiphanies shared - just the joy of discovering that, as a 60 year old, adventure is still possible and the body can cope.
I look forward to my own personal journey and it will happen!
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HASH(0x9a223660) out of 5 stars Inspiration! 1 Jun. 2015
By Jackie Sottosanti - Published on Amazon.com
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I an a 62 year old woman who has only dreamed of making this trek. I am retired but have a small amount of money to do something for just me and have debated on going, mostly due to my age. I think you have convinced me that it's not just possible, but an excellent time in my life to go! I have two questions, one is, what do you do along the way when you have to go to the bathroom? I understand going behind trees or bushes, but what if there aren't any? Also, did you ever worry about someone along the way harming you? My email add is jacsottosanti@hotmail.com. I would appreciate your answer. Thank you again. Jacqueline
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HASH(0x9b0db060) out of 5 stars A Fun and Helpful Read 12 May 2015
By Roger S King - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book a lot by the end. The included route profiles really helped add flavor to the narrative. The book is well paced with enough detail to keep you entertained but not so much as to smother you. The author is also no afraid to name some places to stay that she enjoyed which will prove helpful to those that plan to walk the Camino. It's a nice addition to my collection.
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