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the 5- 5 star reviews of this book have got to be all five of the authors best friends. This book is two or three times longer than it has material. Verbose, self-indulgent, meandering, the author digresses as a constant literary style. How the lettuce was cut, the way in which her multiple lovers proclaimed her superiority in all things and appearances of life to any other person, the intricate details became punishing to the reader. Mr. Silverman's statement that he read it in two days must have been because he skimmed over most of the dull, wanna-be lurid details. It seems as if the book was either not edited at all, edited by the author herself (always so effective!) or edited by someone that owed the author a favor. Sadly, no favor was done for the book or the reader. If this review meanders, it is because I would like to demo the authors style.
As for credentials, I began yoga in 1963 at age 18, zen practice at 19, martial arts and dance 30 years (tango 5 years, having studied with many of the masters that the author refers to).
On the plus side, this had the potential to actually BE a VERY fine read. Probably 30-40 percent of the book is funny, intriguing and delightful to read. It really is like we are on a holiday with the author and having just as much fun as possible. If only someone had taken out the root-canal tedium. Not a re-buy for the author's other books. Get an editor!!!
Not a book I would recommend. Way too much detail on both tango and Buddhism for my taste. I enjoyed the stories when she shared them but much of the book focused on her reflections of tango and Buddhism (and how they are so similar). I don't share this same interest or passion.