I found this book difficult to read, and at times wanted to shake the author. She seems sometimes wantonly clueless, and her attempts to cover it up with unusual turns of phrase leave me staring at those poetic words wondering what in the world they're doing in this book. She probably writes beautiful poetry. Still, now that I've finished the book I am glad I read it. Her journey across the realm of self takes her into places we all eventually must go, and it is helpful to have her insight in preparation for our own travels. Even if we can not agree with all of her opinions, it is easy to respect them.