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By Dana Gavrilescu on 04-10-10
Seemed promissing, but fell flat in the end
Thay say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder...so I hate to do this, but I must provide my opinion on the quality of this book which, to say the least, was very superficial in many ways. Not only was the author's reading of it quite monotonous, but the story otself was a mish-mash of travel memoir (for a ONE-week trip...wow!), parenting-struggle commentary, and spiritual journey. This in and of itself isn't a bad thing, but while the book had SO much potential, especially in terms of opening our eyes to the traditions of the shamanic healing practices of Central America...I kept waiting for the author to clamp on to one central theme and delve deeply into it, but she just kept skimming the surface of ALL of the themes and topics she tried to cover in the book. Parts of it were interesting, but when I compare the quality of the writing and depth of the introspection in this book to that in "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert (one of the absolute BEST books I have ever read), another travel memoir cum spiritual journey, it's like comparing apples and oranges. My advice would be to save your credit, or, better yet...use it on either of Gilbert's books. You won't regret that choice!
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