I found it extremely moving, enlightening yet also left me feeling hopeful that we can learn so much from tragedy.
The author takes you the reader with her on her actual and metaphorically spiritual journey which ultimately leaves you feeling that we always keep close those people and places dear to us.
There are many challenges she meets and overcomes with often infusions of light humour amidst the adversity.
It left me with a reminder that we always have time to embrace opportunity and gave me a wider perspective onremembering to appreciate things that matter.
I will look for books by this author and remember the symbolism of the cormorant referred to with a smile.
I read this book in two sittings and would not have put it down if practicalities hadn t intervened It was beautifully written shocking in places and also cleverly structured, weaving in the history of the author s relationships, her son s battle with his addiction and the impact of this on the two of them and the wider family, with the main focus of the book the author s actual and her metaphorical journey The historical, geographical and anthropological perspectives were fascinating too Although inevitably there is introspection, the author speaks to such a wide audience, not just to those who have lost children, but to the population as a whole about loss and the meaning of life It moved me very much but I felt uplifted by the time I finished the book Diane has exposed her soul to the world but the world is the better for it.
Honestly, couldn t put this book down Junkie Buddha Such a poignantly beautiful heartbreaking and exhilarating read Some of the descriptions of nature, thoughts and emotions were so beautiful and moving I felt my heart ache and tears welled from my eyes I could feel the love for Sacha emanating off each page This book was written with honesty and sincerity Diane Esguerra has been able to share truthful raw human emotion and vulnerability Because of this, the book is an emotional, powerful, raw, moving and relatable book This book has stirred something up within me, as a buddhist myself, this book has jolted me to reflect on my practice, what it means to me and the way it impacts my life, in a way this book has allowed me to realise that I have been in an impasse for a while now, but I am determined to change this Thought provoking, touching and reflective are words I would use to describe this book I feel quite different after reading this book, with a renewed sense of vigour to embrace life fully and love as much as possible and a sense of adventure I can think of a few people who would really connect to this book having been through similar experiences and look forward to sharing it with others Thank you for sharing your story, It is a powerful and beautiful one and I feel so grateful to have read it.
This was a beautifully written account of the painful time following Diane s son, Sacha s, death The book follows both a physical and spiritual journey depicting the mountains and valleys of both Ultimately, it is uplifting as Diane finds that there is a chance of a life, and perhaps a meaningful one, even after someone you love dearly dies Having lost my husband when I felt he was too young to die, mus ch of what Diane wrote resonated with me.
I screwed up when I bought this on I thought it was a travel guide for Peru However after realising my error I glanced at the first page After that I was hooked It s a well written novel of a mothers emotional journey and actual journey to Peru after the loss of her beloved son to drugs I have never before written a review of a book but having just finished the novel and with much admiration for the author I felt the need to put something down.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning Once a good friend who had lost her adult child told me it was the greatest pain in life for a mother to experience such a loss It got stuck in my head for years and years I love the way Diane shares her story, her struggle, her victory In her book, she speaks of great love, compassion and pain Sacha s and Diane s story really touched my heart There were moments I had tears in my eyes but there were also moments the book made me smile, for many reasons In the beginning of the book, Diane writes, why me And in the end, she changes this to why not me I found that very inspiring because it reminded me we can overcome and transform any pain in life and become stronger.
I found it hard to put this down, to the extent that journeys on public transport became longer as i would get off a train and sit on a bench because i couldn t stop reading.
The subject matter is sometimes difficult, but the pages turn easily I am usually a very slow reader with books lasting me months at a time, but not this one.
One of those books that gets into you and stays in you, because it can make you see things that you already thought you d made your mind up about differently.
This is a beautifully written book I felt I was with the author on every step of her journey In fact I had to force myself to slow down and treasure it by having my iPad next to me to look up images of where she stayed and visited And because she travelled alone, her iPod was a trusty companion she shares her music and we become drawn into it So I also had Spotify on the go one chapter had Devils and Dust from Springsteen and I read the last section of the book to Henryk G recki s 3rd Symphony.
I have read many books about grief this is the best intelligently written in an understated but highly moving way.
Whether you read this to understand the effects of heroin, the grief and loss of a loved one, a travel book or just as a great read you will not be disappointed.
Probably, like me, you will have tears rolling down your cheeks but they will be tears of hope as well as sadness.
This is an important book.
This is a beautiful, deep and love full book that deserves the widest audience At times it is intensely moving and at all times it is filled with a wonderful honesty and humanity I can only imagine the pain that lies beneath the pages I m sure that the sharing has been both cathartic and immensely painful This book is a gift to the world and a reminder that even indescribable suffering contains sunshine.