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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553652401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553652403
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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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.

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I really did not enjoy this book at all- many people told me; 'you must read this book, before you do the Camino' despite these well intentioned suggestions... I must honestly question whether these people walked the Camino... Just like I questioned whether JC ever walked- as there were many references and descriptions given that were so opposite of the reality.

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.
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I finished What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim, by Jane Christmas, at 1.30 am yesterday. I just couldn't put it down.

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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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2008
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I don't know what compelled me to read this book other than the fact that the covered mentioned something about Spain's Camino - one of the world's biggest networks of pilgrimages. Like Lourdes in the south of France, the Camino (a trio of lengthy treks to the putative sepulcher of St. James) attracts tens of thousands of hikers every year. Some are the faithful who want to draw closer to God through acts of penance, while others simply turn-up for the challenge of trudging 750 kilometers through mountainous terrain on the way to Santiago. Since this annual affair has been going on for hundreds of years, the Spanish population is well prepared to provide various degrees of hospitality for the sojourners. I even discovered a number of websites that help out-of-towners make travel arrangements to the starting line on the French side of the Pyrenees. Christmas' story is one of a wild adventure that went way beyond her initial expectations for taking the journey. Going through a mid-life crisis in Canada, resulting from a failed marriage, Christmas decided to organize a group of friends to accompany her on the roughest stretch of the Camino. For the next month or so her story unfolds along the lines of learning to adjust to the biggest challenge in her life to date: finding God in herself. As Christmas struggles to overcome the aches and pains, the fear and loathing, and the growing sense of disillusionment, she gradually learns to look outside herself and her little group of so-called friends to find a whole new world beckoning her. While the Spanish countryside and its many decrepit little villages may not possess the spiritual values that she is idealistically looking for to get her life going again, they contain a strong sense of newness and vitality that will challenge her time-worn sensibilities.Read more ›
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I found the author very judgmental regarding the Camino, the people of Spain and fellow pilgrims. I am embarrassed as a Canadian about her lack of tolerance regarding the simplicity of the refuges for pilgrims and the individual struggles of fellow walkers. I have walked the Camino three times and did not have anything like the experience she expressed in her book. The spirit of the Camino and the welcome I received in each and every time I made the journey was terrific. I will never recommend this book as it would discourage anyone from taking the journey. Shallow and mean spirited.
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As a fellow Canadian, this book was an embarrassment. A friend, for completely unknown reasons, recommended it before I left for my own Camino. My experience has been the opposite of this author's. Everything is new, everyone is friendly and helpful, the country is beautiful and the people are kind. Newsflash, Jane; the Camino doesn't owe you anything. You get what you give. If your companions were so lacking, the Spanish people unaccomodating, the landscape unfriendly and unforgiving, and EVERYTHING (including Santiago, for heaven's sake!) such a huge disappointment, perhaps your gaze needs to be directed inward to find the reason.
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