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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743409213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743409216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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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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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. Personally i liked it, i found it open, honest and personal from Shirley about her journey across the camino and the various people and encounters she meets along the way. And sorry but anybody who walks the same route as her and whom is also pushing 60+ is a star in my eyes and very inspired!
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I don' t know what I expected. What I got,was a very spiritually honest account of Shirley's journey. I found out a lot about myself and am now viewing my upcoming walk in a much different light. Thank you Shirley
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I was diappointed in this book as I do like Shirley MacLaine. I found myself feeling a bit bored with Shirley always looking and searching for a vague spiritual feeling when I thought that she should let it just happen to her. I have already read and know about The Camino and I loved the film "The Way". I just couldn't connect with this book.
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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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I always thought that Shirley MacLaine was wacky, but this is so far beyond wacky that it is definitely off the beaten track.
I have read a lot about the Camino and was interested to read all about it from a celebs point of view, just because I thought it would be different and also because, as we know celebs are rather spoilt. So I wanted to see how she got on with some of the tougher points of the Camino. What I didn't expect was that she would have imaginary friends along the way in the form of a monk who seems to talk her through alsorts of hallucinations. MacLaine talks about 7ft people who glide over the Earth and live in a crystal city, who seem to be people before people, some sort of space being. It's just wacky and has nothing what-so-ever to do with the Camino.

When she does stick to the well trodden track and the subject of her book the Camino, MacLaine actually manages to write very well and convey the meaning of the pilgrimage, however she spends far too much time trying to convince everyone that weird beings will inherit the world for me to ever ever pick up one of her books again.

There is too much yoghurt weaving, tofu sandal wearing hocus pocus in this book for it ever to rival the more serious best sellers about the Camino and I suggest you actually stick to those, unless off course like me you have read the more serious books first.
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