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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpan Press (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595944354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595944351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Williamson on June 12, 2011
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I have an extensive collection of books about the Way of St. James (in Spanish,
El camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage across the top of Spain which has been going
on since before the year 1,000 B.C.E.)Each year thousands of pilgrims continue
to walk or bike the ancient route, some for genuine religious purposes, and some for the adventure and the experience. This book, Following the Yellow Arrow: Younger Pilgrims on the Camino, shows that the old experience goes on even among the current college generation. The editor, a college professor of Spanish, hiked the way with her son and includes his experience as well as her own.

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I used this with my high school Humanities students and they really enjoyed it. This was the ONLY book that I could find for high school age on the Camino. The rest of the books written about the Camino are written by older folks. This book is a collection of stories written by either high school or college age students. As you would imagine the perspective of the younger pilgrims is a dramatic difference from the perspective of older individuals. Older folks tend to reflect back on their lives whereas the younger folks were aiming toward the future as they walked the pilgrimage route.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bill harris on November 14, 2012
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Experienced hikers consider the camino a cakewalk. Here, there are no eco-challenged cougars prowling to make you their meal, no tumbling boulders, and if you fall, there's always someone to pick you up. A tromp through the Cantabrian foothills isn't kamakazee-style, man-versus-nature 101.

Then there's always the beer with lemon, the soup and sandwich. You can always find a laundromat, and a roof over your head at night. Roughing it alone, therefore, is an option. Ditto the willful absorbing of Inquisitional-aged Katholiko mumbo-jumbo.

My experience on the camino was both short and more less social. It was done to add personal flavor to my novel, which traces the development of two women from southern-traditional childhood to cosmopolitan adulthood. One of the heroines walks the walk, and I wanted to feel the feel.

As expected, much of what I saw doesn't jive with the written experiences of the young authors. Over a decade, the quasi-horny mingling of international youth somehow becomes remembered in 'spiritual' terms: imagine that!

What's far more annoying, however, is the constant drum of hypersubjectivity. For most, it seems that all those yellow arrows were put there just for them. But to write well, one must slide between objective particulars, larger-picture musings, and sentiment.

And again, the camino is not a death-march that requires special heroism. That one 'made it' will not entitle a t-shirt, nor any interesting musings about inner strength. For the most part, the book is a social-psychology monograph as to how young people want to be seen.

But one essay stands out. In fact, it's so good that it's fifteen remarkable pages justifies the price of the book, at a dollar per.
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