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This book is the fictional romance novel version of "Eat, Pray. Love". People have personal disasters or just become disaffected and escape to a spiritual retreat in the desert. It's just hard to believe that after one of the main characters escapes her privileged life and successful, upscale fianc??, she jumps right into a relationship with his spiritually upgraded version. The second boyfriend's a doctor but has removed himself from the real world of commerce, so he's already played the game and scorns it. But other than that clich??, the book has a lot going for it, and not everyone ends up winning a prize. Living with less has hit the mainstream and it's now cool to shun the big city world of finance, 6-7 figure incomes, lavish parties and epic vacations and rent a little studio apartment in a Middle Eastern city, though I applaud the fact that the other main character chooses not to return to her pre-disaster life and sets up shop in a more, supposedly, "real" environment. I just wish stories like this weren't presented as panacea, as though the people living in retreat are somehow more evolved or "better than" the regular people back home who are just holding down jobs, raising families, and trying to carve out some personal idea of success. This story gives a "been there done that" quality to real life, when in fact it's possible to grow spiritually or to become "enlightened" - whatever your personal definition of that is - right where you are right now.
But having said that, the book was refreshingly entertaining and I liked the purposeful vagueness of the various spiritual quests - sort of "ideology lite". This book piqued my curiosity for the road less travelled.
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I was a Naomi Ragen fan until this book, but this one is not just flat and lacking in depth, it's poorly written, too. The dialogue made me cringe several times; I could barely finish the novel.
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