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Call of the Camino: Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Compostela [Paperback]

Robert Mullen
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Oct. 1 2010

The experiences of an ordinary man on the pilgrim’s path are charted in this narrative that walks along the Camino Francés to the shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela and then on to Finisterre, the westernmost point of Spain. The history of the Camino is recounted, as well as several of the myths, legends, and miracle stories that have become attached—and given special meaning—to this itinerary. Emphasizing that personal myths are an essential part of this lore, this chronicle also includes stories from the confraternity of the pilgrims, people from all corners of the world who visit this walk for a great diversity of reasons, but all of whom leave having experienced the same miracle—that this pilgrimage will play a defining role in their lives.


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"Well-written (nothing is redundant), well-researched, and extremely readable, Robert Mullen has a rare gift for . . . conveying essential information about foreign terms and concepts without being either pedantic or condescending."  —Alison Raju, author, The Way of St. James: Pyrenees-Santiago-Finistere



"Mullen brings a lovely blend of humour that always feels relevant and authentic . . . the Call of the Camino . . . might be the most important wake-up call of your life."  —John Brierley, author, The Camino Guides



"Mullen described his life changing experience on discovering the Camino de Santiago . . .  it’s not a guidebook but a highly personal exploration of the myths, legends and stories associated with the famous trail."  —Walk magazine



"A well-researched pilgrimage combined with the extensively documented personal experience has created a fascinating taster of the life changing adventure so many pilgrims undertake." —Gareth Rowson, Wide World Adventure Magazine


"If you have wanted to know what it would be like to walk the Camino, this book is one you want to read. . . . The book is so well-written that you feel like you are with him . . . an excellent way to get to experience this pilgrimage." —New Spirit Journal

About the Author

Robert Mullen is an author and a computer scientist. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals in several countries.  


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery Sept. 10 2011
By Cheryl
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This book was delivered quickly and is brand new as promised.
It is an interesting story of one person's experience on the camino. I would buy from this seller again..great service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Feb. 27 2013
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love the details and characters introduced alone The Way. I can almost see the scenes he describes and "hear" the people when he writes dialogue. Good to read some more indepth historical background.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called "Debunking the Camino Because I know More than You" June 29 2011
By Sunnyvale Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a spiritual and inspiring book on the Camino de Santiago, avoid this book like the plague.

The author's primary purpose seems to be to belittle every legend and traditional he encounters along the way, while simultaneously dishing the dirt on the people he meets. Did they sign up to have their souls exposed to the world, or did "Bob" just feel entitled to do so because he's a writer?

There is nothing about the Camino as a faith journey for this writer, he appears to take great pleasure in putting down the faith of others yet never has the courage to state in clear language what his own beliefs might be.

The subtitle of the book is "Myths and Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Campostela." The author tries to show why every myth is a lie, and goes on and on at the start of every chapter babbling about what is myth and why they exist. Why do the "myths" of the Camino exist? Well, for Bob to rip them apart, of course!

I am sorry I wasted my time and money on this book, as it is one of the most mean-spirited things I've come across in a long time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 19 2011
By Anthony Guisasola - Published on Amazon.com
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The author did a good job when he wrote about the journey and the people that he met on the way, but his attempts to be philosophical and interpret the experience in a spiritual sense fell woefully short. I also thought politics aside that it was strange that when he was asked where he was from he said Scotland. My father is Basque, I lived in Scotland and Panama for years but I am from the USA and I would tell anyone that I live in ........................ but I am from or was born in the USA. It was almost like he is ashamed to be born in American.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. My wife and I plan to walk the Camino and I read this book first hoping for much more based on the other reviews. I won't recommend my wife waste her time on it. I plan to buy the book written by the man who walked the Camino without people knowing he was a Catholic priest. Hopefully the reviews will be correct on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book interweaving the History and Myths of Camino with his own Pilgrimage March 15 2013
By Frank Kannemann - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was great for me having done "the way" myself.

A good read for both the "thinking about it" and the "done it" pilgrim.

Thank you!!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich with Myth and Mystery Nov. 24 2010
By Jane Roy Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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For travelers, armchair adventurers, and anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned quest, this is a terrific read about hiking an ancient pilgrimage trail through the Pyrenees. Like Thoreau and Bruce Chatwin, Mullen is the kind of traveler who is intrigued by the transformation that overtakes anyone who sets out on a deliberate spiritual journey. And, like these writers, he has the skill to take us with him, knowing where we need to rest and where we need to pick up the trail again.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm longing to get my boots on again! Oct. 21 2010
By James G. McKelvie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have walked the Camino de Santiago from Geneva, and have read most of the literature there is out there on the subject. Many of the books on the Camino are dreadful-to-average, but this book stands out from the rest. Bob manages to instill the book with a real sense of the camino - the experience, the people and the places - and skilfully puts onto the page a real 'feeling' for the camino.
Whether you are a past pilgrim, future pilgrim or simply an armchair pilgrim, this will make a good read. I got itchy feet when I picked it up, and can sense that the camino may be calling me again!
If you buy only one book on the camino this year, this has to be the one.
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