Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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



A number of our local residents have participated Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage.  Curiosity, and the peculiar title, draw many into the book, What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Mid-Life Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela by Jane Christmas.

During an interview, on the spur of the moment, Jane Christmas blurts out that her intention is to walk this ancient pilgrimage trail, even though at the time she knows very little about it.  By the time she leaves, she is the assumed leader of a group of 14 squabbling middle-aged women.  This is not her idea of a pilgrimage.  After a week she loses her group and must face the trail alone.  Her emotions run the full gamut: fear, exhaustion, despair, courage and elation. 

So where does the psychic come in?  Jane asks the psychic if the pilgrimage is a good idea.  Even though she dismisses the psychic’s advice, she remembers her three warnings:  beware of catfights; the pilgrimage will be rougher than expected; and she will meet a mysterious fair-haired man.   

Not only are we treated to Christmas’ inner thoughts, but also beautiful descriptions of the countryside, its history and people.  For anyone wanting to know more about this ancient pilgrimage trail, this book is worth a look.

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