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The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,932 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
It has been nearly three decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding. In testament to the endurance and vitality of her message, each of her eight legendary bestsellers -- from "Don't Fall Off the Mountain" to "My Lucky Stars" -- continues today to attract, dazzle, and transform coun ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Walter Van praag
Yes, we do judge a book by its cover. This one says The Camino, and I was hoping to read about the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I had read half a dozen books about the Camino before I went and did it myself, so when i returned home I thought I better read this Spiritual Book of Shirley MacLaine's.

Little could've prepared me for the depth of spirituality of this book. I really enjoyed the bits where she was actually on the trail, but 90% of this book is about an imaginary world. Sure it is
Ray Foy
Aug 03, 2012 Ray Foy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Shirley MacLaine's The Camino several years ago and it touched me in subtle ways as did her previous book, Out on a Limb. This review is from rereading it and trying to find that point of connection that had moved me so. Or maybe points of connection, for there are many.

First, Shirley MacLaine is no ordinary "movie star. " She is a capable writer, able to tell her story in engaging and intelligent prose, even when the subject matter is strange. She is aware of her privileged position tha
May 22, 2012 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this book before walking the Camino myself in 2010, and now, nearly two years later, I've actually gotten around to reading it. What can I say - a celebrity walks the Camino. This wasn't so much a book about walking the Camino as it was an opportunity for Shirley MacLaine to talk about herself and describe in lurid detail the dreams she had along the way. However, it did illustrate to me just how much the Camino infrastructure and signage has improved since the 1990s, for which I a ...more
The parts about the travelling I liked to read, but the story about spiritual experience I found very vague and strange and not interesting and the story about the press following her I found very irritating: she thinks she is a very, very important person.
Vikki Marshall
Jul 08, 2012 Vikki Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir by Shirley MacLaine is about her pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. It is a beautifully written account of one woman’s incredible experiences along the centuries old trail that has inspired the likes of Saint Paul, Charlemagne, Dante, St. Francis of Assisi, and even Chaucer. The trek is 500 miles over mountains and valleys with stops along the way catering specifically to pilgrims in search of spiritual awakenings. MacLaine was in her 60’s when she hiked the ...more
Marlene French
Jun 04, 2016 Marlene French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
I have read almost all of Shirley Maclaine's books. I love them so much and they really fill my mind wondering void! This one was no different! The people who walk the Camino are heroes to me and I was right there with her as she told her experiences she had during her walk. You must read this book with an open mind for without that you probably won't finish it. She is so brave, as always, to say what she really thinks and believes and I give her kudos for that. I agree with her that there is so ...more
Joanne Keevers
Apr 10, 2014 Joanne Keevers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

Years ago, I read "Out on a Limb" by Shirley Maclaine, so knew to expect the unexpected from her.

The first three quarters of the book describe how she heard about the Camino, the journey itself, the people she met along the way, past life regressions she experienced during her quiet far, very interesting, and I enjoyed following her walking travels through the sacred trail.

The last few chapters rattled me. This was where I reached "the unexpected"
Nov 29, 2010 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I liked the premise of this book it was... odd. That is the only word I can use to describe it. Very odd. I picked it up because, as a fellow Camino traveler, I was interested to see what someone else had to say about a journey that was very pivotal in my own life.

While I really appreciated much of what Ms. MacLaine had to say regarding the spiritual nature of the Camino, and the way in which people are drawn to it, and find meaning from it she really dismissed and failed to account fo
Jul 09, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shirley Maclaine's travels are always "out of this world" and interesting to me, and this book was no exception.

The Camino meaning "the way" is about a difficult 500 mile pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in northern Spain. The trail is ancient and allegedly enchanted and walked by St. Francis of Assisi, Charlemagne, Ferdinand and Isabella, Dante and Chaucer, among many others.

I especially liked the book's definition of 'karma': all energy always returns to itself. However, SOME
Stacey (wanderlustforwords67)
The reason I gave this book 4 stars is not for its literary brilliance, but for its unique content and the fast pace at which it moves. Some things in the book are a bit "out there." However, anyone who has heard of Shirley MaClaine's beliefs and writing should expect this. I was caught up in the actual concept of this journey and the transformational possibilities.
Sonya Madden
Jun 19, 2012 Sonya Madden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I found it at a second hand book sale for $2 and promptly took it home and begun reading. A good friend of mine had recommended it months and months prior. Aside from the author sharing similar traits to myself (taurus) I loved the surprise of all her visions and insights while on the trail. They were fantastic. I would certainly read this book again!
Feb 01, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Mom left this book at my home one vacation and I read it in two days...fascinating journey!
Erika Downing
Dec 16, 2016 Erika Downing rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I have a dream to complete the Camino de Santiago one day so at the moment, I try to read as many books about the Camino as I can. I found this book on my grandmother's bookshelf and I had to read it. I was looking forward to reading it and it started off great. But then it got really bizarre when she started talking about the spirits and the dreams and all that other stuff. I wanted to learn what it was like to actually walk it, not have some past-life experiences. I skipped large chunks of the ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing
I really found this book by accident at the local library. A local book club selection was supposed to be in the biography section. It wasn't. So perusing the shelf, I came across Miss MacLaine's book. I had just watched a movie, "The Way" by Emilio Esteves about the Santiago de Compostela Camino. It was a good movie, fiction. So I was interested in a real life account of a person's spiritual and physical journey of this well travelled path. Traveled by St Francis of Assisi, Dante, Chaucer, Cha ...more
Jane Blanchard
Sep 17, 2013 Jane Blanchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit by Shirley MacLaine more than ten years ago; I could not understand why a sexagenarian, especially such a famous one, would want to walk 500 miles with belongings limited to a backpack. Though Ms. MacLaine tried to do the pilgrimage incognito, she was hounded by the press, and she recounts what she had to do to elude them. As renown as she is, the story has little to do with her acclaim and more to do with her spiritual journey. At the time, I lov ...more
Jude Arnold
Aug 31, 2013 Jude Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shirley MacLaine’s The Camino: A journey of the Spirit is about relationship, a celebration of what is possible. It’s about reincarnation, Karma, and the illusions of linear time and our separateness. We are fundamentally soul beings having a physical experience. This book is about how materialism has caused a spiritual lethargy in us.
The context within which Shirley MacLaine chronicles her personal quest for spiritual understanding is a difficult 500 mile, 30 day pilgrimage in Spain. Unlike an
Jul 25, 2015 Jeremy rated it did not like it
I'm walking the Camino del Norte in a month, and I wanted to get a feel for the types of experiences people have. I've read some blogs, but I thought I'd check the local library to see what's available there. This book was all they had...

...and this woman is crazy. I don't know who Shirley Maclaine is - maybe I've seen her before and I just don't know it - but she regularly talks about her celebrity like she's an A-list actor. Maybe she is, and that really doesn't matter, but what does matter is
Feb 09, 2013 Susy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many others who've read & reviewed this book, I bought it to read about Ms. Maclaine's experience on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela which is enjoying newfound popularity following the film, The Way.
While I admire the author's ability to power through the 500 miles of the Camino in 30 days (if her timetable is to be trusted), I felt there simply wasn't enough of the actual journey for me. I hoped to read about the geography of the route, the camaraderie of the fellow pilgrima and
Deborah Gray
This is pure, unadulterated Shirley MacLaine and I have to admire her for that. She is truly wed to her authenticity, unfortunately sometimes to the detriment of the story. This is not really a book for people who are intending to embark on a pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and want to take notes about the route. It's a book about Shirley's personal journey to discover more about herself and what lies behind her time here in the physical plane.

However, I did glean facts and a
Penelope Douglas
A large part of this book is very informative about the Camino, especially as far as supplies needed, stops on the trail, and her personal experiences of the sights she sees, however, some chapters were better skimmed for me.

I can appreciate that this was HER journey, but for a non-fiction text I didn't really get much out of being taken into her imaginary world where she believes she's lived several past lives. If you're open to that sort of thing, I'm sure you'll love it, but for a dirty, rot
Beth Foote
Shirley and I had way different Caminos. I didn't see any rats in the albergues or have visions of my past life in Atlantis as an androgynous being, or as a Moorish princess in the middle ages. And in her current life, she battled off papparazzi in the shower (cold water) once they found out she was on The Camino. My mystical experiences on the Camino were way more mainstream, and I'm pleased to report there is now hot water in all of Spain. But I enjoyed Shirley's Camino, and her view of spirit ...more
Debbie Boucher
Several friends have recently walked El Camino. I plan to do this soon, so I figured it would be fun to read an account of the walk by Shirley Maclaine. She was about my age when she made her pilgrimage, and I must say I am impressed by her fortitude, especially since she was hounded by the press nearly the entire way. Otherwise, the book is one the strangest I have ever read as far as spirituality is concerned. Not sure I would recommend it unless you are curious like I was to read the account ...more
Shawn Rathbun
Sep 20, 2015 Shawn Rathbun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought about giving it zero stars but I did muddle through the book so I guess it deserves one star. I quickly grew tired of the dream-visions so I skipped pages. Incredibly weird book written by a tiresome, self-centered author. Very little about the Camino experience. I'm not sure why I kept reading - maybe like gawking at a disaster or maybe I was hoping to learn more about the Camino. Ranks right up there as one of the worst books I've read.
Sep 06, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As far as books on the Camino are concerned, this one was my least favorite. If you are interested in Shirley's spiritual journey, her visions and will like this. I am not interested in her visions or dreams so I skipped through a lot of the pages in this book. I'm solely interested in the Camino as a journey. The revelations that each person has are personal. Same with Shirley' this book didn't do much for me.
Angela Tweddle
Refreshing. Fun. Inspirational. Although her imagination runs a little whacky at times. One gets a good sense of what to expect along the Santiago Camino. A pilgrimmage of the heart and a test of human endurance and willpower. One is taken out of your comfort zone, as Shirley Maclaine takes the reader on a walk through the Pyrennes, nature and urban density, sometimes having to sleep in filthy, rustic hostels and under trees, in a quest to return to her own soul.
Laurelle J's
Jul 03, 2016 Laurelle J's rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read on the Spiritual Journey that Ms. MacLaine undertook. The hardships, the thirst, the dirt, the other spiritual walkers, the generosity of the Refugios' and their keepers. Her description of her journey to a past life as a citizen of Atlantis is fascinating read Her spirit guide is strong and generous in his guidance of her through the past to gain depth and enlightenment on the journey of her soul.
Oct 10, 2016 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a load of self-serving, rambling BS. I don't know what I found the most implausible - her dream visions, or her RUNNING 15 kms whilst still talking. And where are all these photos the press supposedly took of her? Also lost with the "precious" rolls of film she had posted back to the US? So glad I didn't spend any money on this book and merely borrowed it.
Apr 04, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were parts of this book I really adored. Mainly the descriptions of the trail itself and the people that she encountered along the way. Then at the end it got into some spiritual stuff that took it a little too far for me. But still makes me want to hike the Camino de Santiago some day in my life time.
Jul 02, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Ann by: Lisa Ohhh
One of the first metaphysical books I ever read and was in a book club formed by Lisa Ohhh! THANKS Lisa! I LOVE Shirley Maclaine she is my role model...not the actress side..the metaphysical side. I admire her for being so brave to speak out! A book I will always have a copy of on my shelf! I want to take a group and walk the Camino!!! Any takers?
Jun 22, 2012 G.G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Camino" is a book I've come back to at least 4 times. This time I'm re-reading her dreams for her take on Lemuria. The first time I skipped the dreams because I was interested in the Camino. Her book "Out On a Limb" changed the way I looked at a lot of things, and opened up possibilities I hadn't imagined before. I'd put this in my "absolutely love" book category.
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Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. She is also the writer of a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her new age beliefs, such as solipsism, as well as her Hollywood career. She is the older sister of Warren Beatty.

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