What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela by Jane Christmas

What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de…

byJane Christmas

Kobo ebook | July 1, 2009

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A wickedly funny account of a woman's pilgrimmage of self-discovery on the infamous "Camino", the ancient road to Santiago de Compostela.

To celebrate her 50th birthday, Jane Christmas joins fourteen other women to hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a centuries-old pilgrimage route stretching 800 kilometers from southwestern France across the Pyrenees almost to the northwestern shore of Spain. Somewhat against her will, she ends up as the nominal leader of fourteen other middle-aged women. Before she leaves, Christmas consults with a psychic, who warns of catfights, lost jewelry, encounters with celebrities, a visit from Death, and a fair-haired man.

After less than a week of travel with a mob of squabbling middle-aged women, some of whom have already started taking cabs, Christmas sets out on her own. That is when her real adventure begins, as she battles loneliness, hunger, and exhaustion, even hallucinating that comedian Steve Martin is her walking companion. She also encounters charming villages, thickly forested vales, and more compatible pilgrims. And she meets and falls in love with the fair-haired man. By the end of the journey, all of the psychic's predictions have come true, and Christmas has discovered that it is the detours of life that lead us to our heart's desires.

Title:What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1926685563

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from not his best. This book read more like a travel diary than a novel, nothing like the spiritual journal I was hoping for. I suppose Paulo Coelho has me spoiled.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can miss this book Most of the anecdotes were repetitive, as if I had read it elsewhere. The writing was so-so and the humour somewhat forced. Could have been better.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What the psychic told the pilgrim Very enjoyable and interesting read. I would recommend it' especially if u have travelled the camino personally. An interesting view of travelling abroad.
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved this book...laughed out loud more than once. Still want to go to Spain but not to walk the Camino.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Done and on to another
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious Best book I have read in a while. I loved every page, laughed out loud often and will definitely recommend it to friends and family. Looking forward to reading another one of her books.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down Our book club just finished this book by Jane Christmas and we couldn't have chosen a better book to hold our interest. It was insightful, thought provoking, honest and humourous. She brings the trail to life and we experience the pain and joys of the pilgrims who travel the Camino. We are left wondering what happened to all these travelers and how the trail influenced their lives. A sign of a good book when the reader wants more!! And what happened to Colin?? I can hardly wait to read her next book to find out.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was my second Jane Christmas book and it did not disappoint at all. I wish I was one of the 50 with her and I would not be one of her lost sheep. Loved the candor and how she weaves humour so deftly into her writing. A true delight.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! The author’s descriptions of people’s personalities are insightful and humorous. She writes as if she is conversing with her best friend, who is sharing a good bottle of wine. I like the way she incorporates the history of the area, descriptions of the scenery and her thoughts. It flows seamlessly from one topic to the next, very much like a good conversation. Her truthfulness about herself, shortcomings and all, and others is very refreshing. It was nice to read a non-fiction book that does not hide bad events, or gloss them over. I liked Jane Christmas’ writing so much that I borrowed her other book, “Incontinent on the Continent”
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating!! What a wonderful novel. Captivating from the beginning to the end. I recently found out about The Camino and was eager to learn more. Jane shared great details of her walk & adventure on the pilgrimage!! It clarifies many aspects of the pilgrimage. I hope it is made into a movie someday soon....
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Informative, and Keeps your Interest I started laughing almost immediately upon reading this book..in fact I kept running over to my neighbour's to share the good bits and laugh again. It vividly portrays the dynamics and drama of what happens when too many women decide to travel together.If you haven't walked the Camino de Santiago, or plan to, this book highlights the physical and emotional aspects you may not have thought about and shares a lot of historical knowledge of the pilgrimage. If you have walked the Camino memories will come tumbling back and once again you can feel the sense of pride and victory of making your way into Santiago de Compostela
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essential read for an essential journey The traditional route of then Camino takes one on a journey from St Jean de Paul, across the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, and follows along in a westerly direction through Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Leon, Ponferrada and eventually arriving in Santiago de Compostela. The entire walk, if that is what one decides to do, is 800 kilometers long. Why might anyone undertake such an arduous journey? People have been following this route for over 1300 years. Santiago de Compostela is thought to be the final resting place of Saint James and, as such, is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations in Europe. Some choose to make the trek for little more than to test their endurance and to embark on a relatively inexpensive holiday. Irrespective of the reason, the Camino usually offers many surprises and end up being an important voyage of self discovery. As a minimum, this journey is a very spiritual trip. But perhaps I am jumping ahead of myself. It is only by walking the camino that you can get a true visceral understanding of the journey. In other words, this is no intellectual exercise. What might happen to you makes a great subject for a book. Jane Christmas has written such a book and, like life, her story is a bitter-sweet description of a very personal journey. Fate intercedes as the result of a chance meeting, and Jane decides to lead a group of fourteen women on this spiritual journey. Again one might intellectualise that this seems surely to be a recipe for disaster. Some are equipped emotionally to lead such a diverse bunch of people - in the tourism industry we call such people ‘tour leaders.’ Jane at this stage in her life is not that person. Perhaps one learns the lesson that an acting tour leader should not take criticism personally. Jane has her own issues to work through on the Camino. She ends up separated from her group and eventually after many physical and emotional obstacles reaches the destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has often been said that a pilgrimage like the Camino is a metaphor for a life journey. In a lifetime there is inevitably hardship and hurt, in addition to great joy. It is how one deals with these challenges that can be the important lessons. There is also humour - an important aid to help one through the tough times. All these ingredients are present in Jane’s book. Sometimes I find myself irritated by Jane’s reaction to an event until I examine the reason for my irritation. She is mirroring my own story and has struck a nerve. Some of her stories are my own stories. In summary, Jane has laid bare her vulnerabilities and weaknesses and has shown that she is truly human.
Date published: 2010-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My humble opinion... I warmly recommend this book because: it is a GOOD book to whet the appetite for future adventures. This particular adventure, walking the Camino de Santiago, will involve the love for nature, history, spiritual growth and no doubt physical endurance. In the same time, What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a GREAT book for the people who went through this powerful, enriching experience. At different times, I smiled, I laughed out loud, and I appreciated the folk lore and the information about the history of some of the places we visited. The book is steeped in joy and honesty. Thank you Jane Christmas!
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down After enjoying this author's book "Incontinent on the Continent", I could not get my hands on this book fast enough. Jane's humour, and utter honesty about things both good and bad, caught my interests and I could not put this book down. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of my own spiritual quest. Jane's narrative left me feeling I was sharing the trail with her, and I was sad to see the book end.
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Felt like I was there! A friend suggested I read this book as I am interested in walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Not only did this book give me a good idea of the actual trials and tribulations of such a journey, but it was very funny and so enjoyable to read. Ms Christmas' style of writing is very personal and I actually felt like I was on the trail. The author also gives small details that will make the trek a little easier for the novice hiker. Jane Christmas has become one of the authors on my must read list!
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing Memoir The subtitle of this memoir is: "A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino De Santiago De Compostela". Christmas was on a plane promoting her first book - The Pelee Project: One Woman's Escape from Urban Madness - when a random conversation with an air attendant sparks a decision to announce on a national televison interview her intention to walk the Camino Trail. In the Pelee Project, she left behind her job, sold her home escaped with her 10 year old daughter to a small Canadian island to get away from it all. It too is a really good read. Once the decision to celebrate her 50th birthday on the Trail is publicly announced, offers and requests pour in from other women to join her. A year and a half later, she leaves her children with her mother, meets up with a group of roughly 15 other pilgrims and heads to Spain. There has been a dearth of 'finding yourself on a pilgrimage' books lately. What I absolutely l loved about this one is the brutal honesty. Christmas does start out with ideas of wonderful epiphanies, spiritual awakenings, etcetera, but nothing goes quite as anyone envisioned. The group has nominated Jane as their leader - a position she has no interest in. There are splits in the group, personality conflicts,illness and a lot of sqabbling. When Christmas inadvertently loses the group and strikes out on her own, that's when her Camino journey begins. Where does the psychic come in? Well, before Christmas heads out, she consults a psychic, who has firm predictions about this journey. Do they come true? Does she find her truth on the Trail? I'll let you discover that.....
Date published: 2008-05-30