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What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela Paperback – Aug 9 2007
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Many books have been written about crossing northern Spain on the centuries-old Camino de Santiago, but this one by a Torontonian is funnier, cleverer and more informative than most. —Vancouver Sun(2007-09-22)
The title, subtitle and first line of Jane Christmas's memoir tell you almost everything you need to know about the book: who, what, where, when and why are laid out neatly, and the first sentence, 'Impulse is intuition on crack,' sets both the hook and the tone . . . It's a great first line and it suits the book, which is relentlessly smarter, funnier and holier than thou. —Globe & Mail(2007-10-06)
Forget Elizabeth George and her Oprah field memoir about a pilgrimage of rediscovery in middle age. This is the real deal . . . [Christmas's] style is equal parts Nora Ephron and Bill Bryson, balancing pithy observation with the history of the trail and her own experiences upon it . . . The warts and grottiness of Christmas's journey . . . are recognizable and relatable, much more so than a glossy religious experience or steamy love affair, and much more enjoyable for its accessibility. —Quill & Quire(2007-12-14)
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A wickedly funny account of one woman's pilgrimage of self-discovery on the infamous Camino, the ancient road to Santiago de Compostela.See all Product Description
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I'm embarrassed that I actually suggested my book club read it, as I walked the Camino, and while I read it as well. Her account of the journey is so negative and whiney... Not to mention straight up false at times.
She described trails, local people, and albergues as so difficult, rude and filthy! I was actually expecting a very dismal experience- when in fact... It was the most magnificent experiences in my life- the trail is, indeed, difficult at times, but it so beautiful! I found the people very kind, and all the albergues I stayed in were clean and very representable.
I could go on for days at what a BAD BOOK this is, and at the end of the day- I will simply remember we all view life through a different lense. Jane Christmas- clean your glasses! And readers- please move on to a better read.
I love everything in that book: the complexion of it, the spirit. It's funny and moving at the same time and even if you can tell that the author is a pious person, she keeps an open and critical mind about her fellow pilgrims (and herself). Pilgrims are human beings, right? And when human beings are concerned, anything is to be expected and the book is indeed rich in (mis)adeventures.
The book, of course, is about the author's personal experience, but it says so much about the way we humans are - and so much about the Camino itself from an historical and geographical perspective - that even though I'm a "veteran" of the Camino myself, I think that anybody who hasn't walk it will enjoy it! And maybe even walk it one day or another, because, as they'll see, some miracles seem to be still possible after all.
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I absolutely loved reading "What the psychic told the pilgrim". I've found it hard to find adventure-travel books (travelogue I guess? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samantha Finkelstein
I walked the Camino in November 2014 and I thought it was THE best thing I've ever done in my life. I recently came across Jane Christmas' book - What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book because I have been dreaming, for about a year, about walking part of the Camino de Santiago. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neens
I did the Camino a few years ago and i felt her book perfectly and honestly described the weird and wonderful of the adventure on ALL LEVELS with just the right amount of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by mary everett
I do not think I will ever have to walk the Camino de Santiago because through Jane Christmas's book I have already done so. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joann
I found this book to be quite a depressing and discouraging story about someone's experience on the camino. Thank goodness the book was relatively short.Published 15 months ago by Cindyw
One of the honest down to earth books I've read about the experience of trekking along the Camino. Well written with the right amount of humour and history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maryann Mccoy
Loved this book. Found it to be a real life experience. It was an opportunity to experience the walk, even though we were not there.Published 15 months ago by Irene Lefort