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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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60 and Solo on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
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!