Review: The Camino by Shirley MacLaine
The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit
by G G Collins (Copyright 2013)
***** The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit is a book I’ve come back to at least four times. MacLaine’s book inspired my own interest in walking “the way” when I first read it in 1999. She made her spiritual journey at 60 (and there are many middle-age and better women walking the Camino de Santiago every year). While it isn’t a day-by-day log—you can get this in other books—it is a series of vignettes, told only as MacLaine can. You get the essence of the Camino with her impressions and experiences along the way. And as a public person, these can sometimes be quite difficult encounters.
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 look at a lot of things, and opened up possibilities I hadn’t imagined before. The Camino also showed me a challenge to be attempted and introduced me to lands unseen. I’d put this in my “absolutely love” book category. Buen Camino!
— G G Collins
Day-by-day accounts of the Camino experience:
Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago by Susan Alcorn (woman’s view)
Buen Camino: Hiking the Camino de Santiago by Jim & Eleanor Clem (man’s viewpoint)
Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons From the Camino by Joyce Rupp (nun’s viewpoint)
For more info on the pilgrimage:
Camino de Santiago Maps by John Brierley (must have for the walk)
Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez
The Way, movie DVD starring Martin Sheen, film by Emilio Estevez
Off the Road by Jack Hitt (inspired the movie The Way)
Posted on February 5, 2013, in Books, Reviews, Uncategorized and tagged Buen Camino, Camino, Camino Chronicle, Camino de Santiage Maps, Confraternity of Saint James, Jim & Eleanor Clem, John Brierley, Joyce Rupp, Pilgrim Guides to Spain, Religion and Spirituality, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Alcorn, The Way movie, Walk in a Relaxed Manner, Way of St James, www.CaminodeSantiago.me. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.