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There are thousands of essays and novels about the first European cultural route that breed in good times for publishers and are read in Holy Years.
Apart from the manuals and guides that attempt to provide guidance for hikers, many authors have dared to put on paper the three magic words, "Camino de Santiago."
Among those who have succeeded in giving this great little step that moves the work to the inside corner shelf of best sellers, there are five champions who have helped to extend in their respective countries to emulate a bug: Shirley MacLaine (United States) Paulo Coelho (Brazil), Hape Kerkeling (Germany) and, though less known, but with great influence in his country, two Koreans, Kim and Kim Hyosun Mamhee. To critics, however, there is often no correlation between the quality of a work literati and the number of copies sold.
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Camino Literature Honours Class Exam, May 2010

What connection with the reality of the camino do we see in the works of Coelho and MacLaine ?

Answers in less than 200 words please. No conferring during the exam.

But seriously folks, and I am deliberately asking a provocative question here : , is this an issue for you out there?



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Shirley MacLaine appears to have lost the ability to distinguish imagination from reality. A good Hollywood fantasy script is one thing; actually believing that humans are descended from unisexual beings is another. There is NO archeological or biological evidence whatsoever for many things she asserts as true in "Camino." They are invented out of whole cloth she has woven herself, and she does not seem to know that. She is like the fan of the current spate of vampire films that thinks, momentarily I can only hope, that there really are nests of strong and fast vampires out there with canine teeth that suddenly expand downward and suck straw-like from veins, but can be melted by sunlight. Even the "National Enquirer" cannot come up with Shirley's ancestors (or a vampire). When they cannot PhotoShop it, you know it is beyond belief! Ditto "ley lines" as the raison d'etre for the Camino.


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sillydoll said:
...Shirley MacLaine (United States) Paulo Coelho (Brazil)...correlation between the quality of a work literati and the number of copies sold.

Sorry, I can't comment for I can't stop laughing!!!!!

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