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Publisher's Summary

It has been nearly five decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding. Now Shirley is back - with her most breathtakingly powerful and unique book yet.

The Camino is the story of a riveting odyssey that began with a pair of anonymous handwritten letters imploring Shirley to make a difficult pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. Throughout history, countless pilgrims have taken up the trail. It is an ancient - and allegedly enchanted - pilgrimage. People from St. Francis of Assisi to Dante and Chaucer have taken the journey - a nearly 500-mile trek across highways, mountains, cities and fields.

For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge. For a woman in her sixth decade, completing such a grueling trip on foot in 30 days at 20 miles per day was remarkable. But even more astounding was her spiritual route: back thousands of years, through past lives to the very origin of the universe.

With rich insight, humility, and grace, The Camino promises listeners the journey of a thousand lifetimes.

©2000 Shirley MacLaine (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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A good account of traveling the Camino

I read this book because I've had an interest in the Camino for some time - not enough to do it myself, but....
I did go to Santiago de Compostela a few years ago and visited the Cathedral and the town, but I did it the easy way on a day trip from a cruise.
I've known of MacLaine's interest in things spiritual and esoteric for some time and have read some of her previous books. This one doesn't disappoint, although she does get "way out there" in parts of it. She deviates from the story of walking the Camino in recounting the events of a past life in Lemuria. I reamain a skeptic on this aspect of the narrative, but she writes and speaks about it with conviction. Who knows - maybe she's right. I especially enjoyed hearing this book in her voice.

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A Camino Story and more.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At one point, I had to force myself to go forward when Shirley gave warning that what she was going to say next might be strange to most people. But, when I listened closely, I had a basic understanding of her thought process and how "it could happen". She talks openly and intelligently on what she believes happened to her and you can see how the dynamics of her thinking relates somewhat to the biblical learnings some of us grew up with and might explain some of lifes mysteries. These mysteries are avoided by some, questioned by others and researched by a few. I give Shirley the thumbs up for being inquisitive enough, open enough, and forthright enough to go forward and seek her truth. Once again, we each have different truths. Her account of the Camino was great and an enjoyable read. I have thought about it for several days and that is an indication of a book that stays in your mind because it gave you food for thought. If you are interested in the Camino de Santiago and seeking a spiritual journey - this book would be a good one to get on audible. Once again, I found it enjoyable.

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Loved it Despite Some Rambling

If you are looking for a travel guide to the Camino, look elsewhere, as that's not this book's purpose. MacLaine introduces the book by saying that the Camino traverses ley lines that provoke deep insights and epiphanies in those who walk it, and the book focuses on how those realizations arose in MacLaine along her journey. I thoroughly enjoyed this book until Ch 6-8 when she talks about dreaming of her past life as a Lemurian who went to Atlantis and how the human race evolved from that civilization. That story had some interesting aspects, but I wish she hadn't spent three chapters on it; just one would have been sufficient for me. Whether her dreams were also past life recollections is sort of beside the point as far as I'm concerned because no one ever knows the truth about mystical experiences; they are in the mind and spirit of the beholder. I enjoyed the interweaving of her dreams with the personal insights she experienced while walking the Camino. She does a good job of portraying the interesting characters she met along the way, as well as her efforts to outsmart the press, who hounded her for much of her walk. I would say if you have an open mind and enjoy books that interweave the mystical and the real, you'll probably enjoy this book.

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10% Wisdom lost in 90% Crazy talk.

If you can survive listening to A LOT of crazy talk, there are some nuggets of wisdom. Honestly, I barely could finish it.

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Good book

I liked the book a lot but could have had less past life experiences, more about the Camino

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A wonderful and full experience.

We are always looking for the forgotten familiar in what we read and see. This book revealed more memories than most. Audacious Shirley, thank you, sincerely.

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Aweful / boring

This is the least interesting book on the Camino of the several I have read. The dream sequences and new age bs are very boring...unless you are into that sort of thing.

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Less about the Camino and more a fictional tale.

This book started out interesting...but quickly divulged into a fantastical story of human origins which includes aliens, proto human beings, Atlantis, and other such science fiction notions. I guess I expected a book titled the Camino to discuss the experience of the pilgrimage. I wanted to hear about the sites, the sounds, the people, food and culture, and yes the religious and spiritual experiences of The Way. What this book turned into a was a science fiction tale of human origin where the author was somehow lucky enough to be one of the reincarnated progenitors of the human race from the Garden of Eden and Atlantis (seemed like a pretty amazing coincidence). Definitely a unique and interesting story worthy of it's own book if you are into that sort of thing, but did not belong in a book titled The Camino in my opinion.

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Holding thoughts about this venture by Shirley MacLaine in my mind

I had read the book about her Camino trek many years ago and decided to listen to the story once more with the audio book. I liked reading it and I loved listening to it. It doesn’t matter if I believe everything she said about her venture as it was her venture and not mine. I do believe that she believed and that works for me. Through the years I have loved her singing and loved her acting and her writing etc. I quite simply love her performances including the way she lives her life. I look forward to more of her.

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spiritual camino

This is as much of a story of an individual's journey as it is a trek across the Camino de Santiago. Fascinating. Thought provoking. Intriguing. Interesting. Shirley MacLaine is truly a gifted (blessed) artist and storyteller.