The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit
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 countless...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The book mostly works as an unintentionally campy journal of a wealthy, privileged Hollywood star who has so much time on her hands she can whi ...more
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" ...more
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 ...more
Her perspective is unique as everyone has many different viewpoints on religion and spirituality. Her views are detailed and for me inspiring as she treks along the Camino.
I loved the novel as it delves into her reasoning for her pilgrimage while being haunted by her celebrity status. Personal reflection is a most important endeavo ...more
MacLaine is well-known as a spiritual seeker through her other books and public speeches. I bought the book primarily out of cu ...more
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 ...more
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 the ...more
However, I did glean facts and a ...more
While I enjoyed this book for the most part, I would have liked to hear more about Shirley Maclaine's actual trek than the dream sequences that she experienced along the way. It leaves me wanting to read more about others' experiences along the Camino trail and about the historical sites along the way.
I did take some things from the book that I will think about and contemplate more in the days to come. I especially liked her referrals to facing her f ...more