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It was a good and pleasant read
on December 15, 2011
It was a pleasant surprise. A Western who speaks about Eastern spirituality, karma, dharma and chakra scares me because there is often the risk of falling into banality talking about serious topics in a superficial way or the risk to put too much emphasis as if he had understood everything. However, this book does not want to demonstrate anything, it doesn't want to teach anything and deals with the theme of spirituality in a lightweight and unobtrusive way leaving the reader with wide spaces to think. My feeling is perhaps also due to the descriptions of the vast landscape of Montana and the Indian landscape where the book's protagonist, Joseph, took refuge. It is a book which gives a feeling of freedom, of lightness and it is very easily to read thanks to a sliding style. I also perceived a certain delicacy in describing people and their feelings. It seems that the whole book is permeated with lightness, delicacy and discretion.
The story is about a boy from Montana, Joseph, who is paralyzed after a car accident and he hopes to find a solution by going to live with an Indian sage at the foot of the Himalaya. He wanted to find a quick solution to his problem but living there he learns more especially the meaning of some nightmares that haunted him since childhood.