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Il cammino. Il mio pellegrinaggio verso Santiago de Compostela

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,533 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Known as the Camino, the Santiago de Compostela Camino is a famous pilgrimage that has been undertaken by people for centuries across northern Spain. It is said that this 500-mile path lies directly under the Milky Way and that it reflects the energy of the star systems above it. Facing her sixth decade of life on earth, writer and actor Shirley MacLaine decided to go on t ...more
Paperback, Open Space #41, 250 pages
Published September 2005 by Sperling & Kupfer (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
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Ray Foy
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
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Liz
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
Vikki Marshall
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
Beth
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
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Anja
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.
Jeremy
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
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Jane Blanchard
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
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
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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
Dee
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
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Szeee
Valószínűleg nem érdemel ez a könyv ekkora lehúzást, mert nincs olyan rosszul megírva, de úgy felidegelt ma, hogy csak na.
Tökre az lett az érzésem az aktuális részt olvasva, hogy Shirley csak azért írta meg ezt a könyvet, hogy a csöppet sem mindennapi ezoterikus hitét belefoglalja valami történetbe. Méghozzá úgy adta elő ezt, hogy a Caminot járva a fejében megjelenő folytatásos látomások formájában megvilágosodott az élet keletkezéséről és értelméről. Már a könyv első felében is húzogattam a sze
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Linda
I like Shirley Maclaine as an actress and she has led an interesting life but this book is not well written. However, having been tempted to walk the Camino I was interested to read her account of this trek which she achieved in 30 days.

I preferred the 2010 film 'The Way' with Martin Sheen based on the book 'Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain' by Jack Hitt,Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain which was published after I had read Sh
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Faye Powell
Pilgrims have been drawn to the 500-mile Santiago de Compostela Camino across northern Spain for many centuries in search of spiritual and psychological growth. After being instructed by an anonymous person via two letters to make the walk, MacLaine, in her sixties, decides to heed the call. This book is the recounting of both the physical and spiritual journey she made.

MacLaine is well-known as a spiritual seeker through her other books and public speeches. I bought the book primarily out of cu
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Helen
I really enjoyed the book and felt I couldn't put it down but towards the end the book read more like science fiction. That is why I am giving it a 3 and not a 4. I've read a number of camino books and each one is interesting in their own way. Unlike the other books I have read of the camino, Shirley mentions that she keeps meeting angry dogs along the camino but learns to deal with that fear. She meets a number of people on her journey both in real life and in her dreams some who she had met in ...more
Julie
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 dreams...you 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's....so this book didn't do much for me.
Sonya Madden
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!
Fourthemodicas
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.
B
I was deeply disappointed in this book and the author. There was very little talk about towns/people/nature that she experienced on the way and more talk about her odd dreams of a previous time when all people were androgynous, her various reincarnations including a sexy Moorish woman, and the paparazi as they wait and pounce on her. Other people who have written about their travels forge deep friendships, Shirley only manages to find some people that function as staff for her to help her evade ...more
Amy
My sister and I want to do this 500 mile walk across Spain someday, but all Shirley's talk about alien sex got a little weird at the end, but I'm always open to possibilities and journeys of spirit!
David
I learned a lot about Spain, the Andalusia region. She writes very well and the book has a really good flow. No matter what one thinks of her ideas, it's a ... well, good read.
MizzSandie
I was okay with parts of this book, and really into other parts.
The parts I really enjoyed was the latter part, with the visions, and the story about Atlantis and lemuria especially. Those were fascinating and interesting!
The walk on the camino , the more normal parts were just not that exciting. I'm sure it must have been really challenging, but it's just not that good of a story, or something that seems as relevant to all the rest of us. But the history embedded in the visions, THOSE were inde
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William
Ridiculous, but sort of worth reading just to see that such things actually exist, and people apparently believe in them.
Kelly
My Mom left this book at my home one vacation and I read it in two days...fascinating journey!
Riana
Actress Shirley MacLaine tells her tale of walking this legendary pilgrims route. This turns out to be a trip in more ways than one. Vivid dreams and visions of her previous lives enthrall her during her 30-day journey, apparently triggered by the strong "ley lines" along which the course of the Camino runs.

Being interested in traveling and hiking, I was hoping for a more detailed account of someone's personal experience of the famous Camino. It was definitely personal and deeply spiritual, but
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Hailey
Having just done the Camino de Santiago in May, I was really looking forward to reliving such an unforgettable trip through the eyes of another fellow Camino traveler. I was sorely disappointed. Instead, she describes in vivid detail these dreams and hallucinations that she has along the way, and hen she's not talking about them, she's complaining about the press hounding her. In the epilogue, she tells us about how much her friend loved hearing about the little villages and waterfalls and gorge ...more
Sue
I have found her books interesting in the past, but I'm afraid much of this went way over my head. She actually worried about people reading this - that they would find her dreams etc too much, unbelievable. I just can't understand how she remembers all these dreams and visions. I came to skim most of these.

I felt for her, however, as she was trying to do this personal and spiritual thing and had so much trouble with the press chasing her, even to have one pull back the shower curtain - they rea
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Melissa
I was duped by Shirley MacLaine! Based on the reviews of the book, I thought I would get a memoir of a rich, over-privileged celebrity attempting a spiritual awakening. I thought it sounded like an entertaining read. I should have known that it would be really not about the Camino when the introduction referenced her ranch being on UFO watch ground in New Mexico and having a homeopath consultant. She writes about being approached by random citizens and them opening up to her with their revelatio ...more
Joanne Keevers
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 times....so 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"
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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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