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A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean, Roncesvalles, Santiago: The Way of St. James, the Ancient Pilgrim Path Also Known as Camino Frances (Anglais) Broché – 1 janvier 2014

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Un livre très utile. Toutes les informations sont exactes, qui nous a aidé beaucoup. Grace à ce livre, nous pouvons achever notre voyage.
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Very interesting and handy book even with cut out pages for less weight if you decide to take it along
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HASH(0x96b8dedc) étoiles sur 5 Get yourself a copy of Brierley now! 6 mai 2014
Par Leslie N. Patino - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I decided to walk the Camino, one of the first bits of advice I got from two veterans pilgrims, who didn't know each other, was, "Get yourself a copy of Brierley now."

I'm finally leaving tomorrow! I was going to hold off on writing a review until after I came back, but I've been reading and referring back to "Brierley" for the last three months and can't imagine preparing without the book. My copy is already marked up and dog-eared. I've photocopied the map on the back inside cover and the 33 Stage Summary on page 43 for family and friends.

The only possibly negative thing I've heard about the book came from a pilgrim who walked the Camino last fall. She and her husband said it was indispensable but that so many people carried Brierley that those towns and villages he suggested for spending the night were often heavily crowded in the evenings.

As a Spanish teacher, I recommend Brierley's bilingual checklist and basic phrases for anyone who isn't fluent in the language. I like his attention to outer and inner preparation. His invites the reader to introspective/spiritual reflection in a general way that almost anyone can be open to.

I expect my "Brierley" is going to come home in six weeks considerably worn.
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HASH(0x96a06054) étoiles sur 5 Used the Brierley guide on my 2011 pilgrimage 23 février 2014
Par Summerthor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I used John Brieley's guide on my 2011 pilgrimage. It was the guide that most people used on the trail. I appreciated that it gave accommodations in the albergues, pensiones,casa rurals (bed and breakfasts) and hotels. I started staying in the albergues, but moved to private accommodations when the bedbugs got too prevalent in the albergues. I also found that there were pilgrims having to sleep on floors because I had a bed. Since I could afford a (cheap) private room, I chose to do that instead. This book packs as much as possible into the small space it takes up in your pack! Get it! Buen Camino!
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HASH(0x96bd3a8c) étoiles sur 5 using the Brierley book 7 janvier 2014
Par june newton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second copy of the the book due to the fact that I used it as I walked the Camino de Santiago this past Spring. For the most part, the book was very, very helpful. As with any travel book, there were some out of date telephone numbers but all in all, very helpful
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HASH(0x96b83294) étoiles sur 5 like raving about the Auberge in a town where the ... 30 août 2014
Par Debby K Tune - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My husband and I hiked the Camino this Spring, using this book as our guide. First, its too heavy to be carried for 485 miles. My husband looked forward to his daily ritual of tearing out the pages for that day and discarding them. Second, there were too many times that information was missing and/or incorrect, including some routing information, water font locations, and accommodation information. Brierley's ratings for accommodations often seemed to be slanted in ways that won't make a difference to a normal pilgrim, like raving about the Auberge in a town where the mayor was particularly "friendly to the Camino". Finally, pilgrims shouldn't even follow his recommendations as to the towns in which to stay (i.e., the towns at the end of each stage), as that leads to over-crowding of the accommodations and missing some great stops. This book needs some serious editing.
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HASH(0x96c99330) étoiles sur 5 Worst. Guidebook. Ever. 29 novembre 2015
Par WHK - Publié sur Amazon.com
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[Originally written in July, 2013]

Writing this review from on the Camino, in Leon. Brierly's guide goes in
the garbage in Leon, and I'm sticking with the excellent map book instead.

Something you learn right away one thing The Way has in great abundance
is lousy advice. This book is a shining example of that phenomenon.
Yes, the maps are excellent and accurate, but for that you can buy the
Brierly Camino Map book, which I have found very useful. Whatever you
do, don't buy both, as Amazon recommends, because the maps in the map
book are in the guide book itself. I am doing the Camino by mountain
bike, which means that my perspective is somewhat different from a
hiker's. But I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I would feel
about this guidebook if I were hiking the route, and I'm simply appalled.

The guide book goes beyond maps and basic information and bills itself
as a "Practical & Mystical Manual for the Modern Day Pilgrim". I had
hoped that this would mean that the book contained religious and
philosophical history of St. John and the Camino itself. There is almost
none of this. Instead, Brierly provides us with a stream of shallow,
condescending, dime-store philosophy and maudlin personal introspection
(lots of people cry a lot) that is an insult to the intelligence and the
spirit both.

Many people travel the Camino in many different ways, for many different
purposes. Some do it as the ancients did, on foot with little or nothing
to their names. Some do it with modern backpacking equipment. Some ride
bicycles. Some travel the route in tour buses. Some people stay in
alburgues, some in hostels and hotels. Brierly openly treats most of
these people with contempt, and this guide omits any information that
would be useful for any but the most doctrinaire peregrino.

Worse still, Brierly subjects us to his grade-school mysticism at the
expense of actual useful information for the peregrino. For example:

- The book starts with a "Self-Assessment" with questions like "What do
you see as the primary purpose of your life?" I'm not kidding.

- Brierly recommends that you not bring a watch, or camera, or a cell
phone. OK, fine, if you want to get away from it all, that's wonderful.
But if you don't, that's wonderful too. And I have found that a
smartphone has been the single most useful accessory I have brought,
from navigation to finding ratings for hotels, hostels, and restaurants
that Brierly sees fit to omit entirely, I guess because an occasional
three-star hotel in a city isn't respectful enough of the Camino.

- There is plenty of space devoted to stuff like: "He looked reassured
as I took my leave. I can still see his tears and his hand waving as I
passed out of sight -- but not out of mind, Ramon, not out of mind." But
Brierly doesn't think it's important to tell you whether or not there is
a supermarket in the next town.

- Brierly includes lots of recommendations for homeopathic "medicines".
He omits entirely common-sense advice about actual medicines that would
be useful for a traveler on the camino. This is terribly, terribly
irresponsible, and anybody who takes this dunderhead's medical advice is
putting their health and safety in danger.

- Interested in information about local flora and fauna? Sorry, Brierly
doesn't seem to think this is important, and there is virtually none.
But he has time for "The unconditional love with which I was embraced
overwhelmed me as my head began to spin and I collapsed onto the pew.
The nun in front turned and quietly laid her hand on mine. She produced
a tissue from the sleeve of her habit and bent down and whispered
gently, 'breathe'..." Maybe if Brierly spent more time in the grocery
store he wouldn't keep passing out, as he seems to a lot.

- Want to pick up a credencial? Brierly, perplexingly, tells you to do
it by mail in advance. What he doesn't tell you is that you can pick one
up for two Euros at just about any alburgue on the route.

- Brierly routinely routes the hiker the longest, steepest, and most
exposed way he can find. For example, between Hontanas and San Anton,
there are two routes. Brierly sends you up over a steep, shadeless hill
(this is after you have already been on the hot Meseta for a loooong
time), which goes back down and meets the small road connecting the two
towns. What Brierly doesn't tell you is that the road is a beautiful,
quiet, and most important, SHADED country road that takes you to exactly
the same place as the rocky climb. If I were a hiker and I had followed
Brierly's advice and taken the hill and found out later there was a
nice, flat, shaded stretch of road that Brierly didn't think was
spiritual enough for me to take, I would seriously start plotting to
do something very un-spiritual.

- Did you know that on many of the bleakest stretches of senda (paths
beside the highway) on the Camino, there are shelters where you can call
an on-demand shuttle service to the next town if you are injured or
exhausted? Brierly doesn't think it's important tell you this.

- The book is full of BLANK PAGES, in which you are to put your own
reflections. In a guidebook intended for hikers! The mind boggles.

For every 99 open, warm people you will meet on the Camino, one will be
a misanthropic, doctrinaire jerk who believes that anyone who doesn't
see the Way through exactly the same eyes as his is a deplorable human
being. By all means, smile and wish that person Buen Camino. But don't
buy their book.
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