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Camino de Santiago in 20 Days: My Way on the Way of St. James [Paperback]

Randall St Germain

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Book Description

Oct. 28 2011
Funny, touching, and inspiring! A book about really walking the Camino de Santiago! Perhaps it was the onset of middle-age or just too much diet cola, but in the Spring of 2010, Canadian boy, Randall St. Germain felt called to take on the 800 kilometer, or 500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Seriously, what ensued was a dedication to his mother, a personal challenge, and a journey of cultural and historical enlightenment. A million footsteps, and a few pounds of gauze and tape later, he arrived in Santiago de Compostela, with a better understanding of himself - and a newfound familiarity with snoring and flatulent pilgrims! Join St. Germain on his adventure in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, an irreverently chuckle-inducing look at one man's attempt at the famed walk as he confronts apocalyptic weather, snarling dogs, epic blisters, an exhausted body, and his greatest paranoia in life-bed bugs. Along with his humorous reflections, there is practical insight into how he successfully prepared, packed, and then walked across the entire French Way in 20 days - and in doing so, pushed far beyond his personal comfort zone. Never to be included on the final list of Pulitzer Prize nominees, or in Oprah's Book Club, Camino de Santiago in 20 Days is not your granddaddy's Camino book, either. One word of caution: Pilgrim Discretion is Advised.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wolf Shield Publishing (Oct. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987709003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987709004
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique perspective of the Camino April 9 2013
By R. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently walked a portion of the Camino and before I left, I spent a great deal of time reading about it. Most of the books and websites I saw had advice for what to bring, what to expect, how to do this or that, etc. There were various guidebooks with history and other information. What this book brings to the table is a no-frills first hand view of walking the Camino. I read the book both before I left (cover to cover) and then I reread the sections that corresponded to the portions I had just walked at the end of each day on the Camino as a way to "relive". Besides my John Brierley guidebook, this was my other "go-to" book. Now of course I didn't walk the entire Camino in 20 days, and I didn't attempt to walk more than 20 km a day, in fact my longest day was 19, but the human experience the author had was very similar to my own. (Gosh I was excited to glimpse the airport at Santiago and see a RyanAir flight taxiing on the runway just as described in the book!). If you are considering walking the Camino de Santiago or even if you are just interested in the day-to-day life of a pilgrim on the way, this book is a value. Fairly short, but very readable. The author has a unique perspective which can certainly bring a laugh. Make sure to also read his blog online for photos and more perspective.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read Feb. 5 2013
By Laurel MacLeod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I believe I read in the prologue that the author wrote and rewrote this book quite a bit, paring it down to just his own experience.

In a way, I wish he had left more of that other material in - the book is quite interesting and I like it, but if feels more like a daily diary to prove he was there, much like the stamps for his "passport" along the way.

I think it could have been better served by leaving in some more material of a less concrete nature - what about the spiritual side of the journey?

But then again, I am a driven, accomplishment-oriented person myself, so I can understand wanting to work quickly through something to have it done and have the sense of accomplishment that goes with that.

I also deeply relate to his loss of his mother, as I lost my own to cancer in September, under similar circumstances to the author except that my mother was only 66. She had her birthday 4 days before she died in Palliative Care.

Perhaps in a way, that is why his Camino doesn't sound like his own spiritual journey - perhaps it was more of a journey in her memory, something that he felt he had to do to honor her, and if so, that makes it all the more special.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's the Rush Nov. 19 2012
By Ron Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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All that way, all that distance, and I think he missed the point of the journey. That's my opinion only.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Camino is different for everybody Dec 23 2012
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
People who walked the Camino did it for different reasons and in different ways. I became indignant at Jill Hill's review because it suggests that Camino can/has to be walked just as the majority of pilgrims do it. Randall's way was exceptional and if for nothing else, it was worth to write (and read) about it. I haven't got a feeling that he missed to much of natural and historical treasures. In his [...] blog he has dozens of nice and interesting photos. I suggest to everybody to read it, too. You can find there separate reports of greater cities, visit to Burgos Cathedral, Ponferrada castle, etc.

I read dozens of blogs about Camino and I would rather condemn those who make a tourist attraction out of their 'pilgrimage' than those who want it very private and lonely, especially following such a sad event as the death of the dearest person.
Sorry for my poor English, I'm Hungarian. But reading that vitriolic review I couldn't stand to stay still.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First encounter with the Camino de Santiago. Dec 10 2012
By Marie B. Pinschmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first learned of CAMINO DE SANTIAGO IN 20 DAYS and the author through twitter and the author's website.His blogs and beautiful photography led me to buy the book from Amazon. This was my first introduction to the Camino and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the account of his mostly lonely travel. I felt the purpose, acknowledged or not by him, was his way of dealing with the loss of his mother, and the result of his journey was a loving tribute to her. Yes, he drank a lot of Coke and dealt with his blisters with courage and determination, but I found the book an enjoyable read.
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