Observant and relentlessly honest, Long Quiet Highway starts out as a reflection on the people, places, and experiences that helped Natalie Goldberg discover the transformational power of writing. Soon it crystallizes into a greater work - a winding koan that cuts through sentiment to get at the truth of the spiritual life and the discipline needed to achieve it.
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This is a marvelous biogrqaphy of Natalie's spritual and writing travels which are so much entertwined. It is told from one who struggles with the pain and joy of writing. Hearing it told in her own voice makes it even that much better. Like so many of us who thought writing would bring us great joy, Natalie has expereienced the work of writing, reminding us that it is what it is, not what we'd hoped it would be. Natalie again at her finest.
If you like Natalie Goldberg, you will like this. I got a little tired of Natalie toward the middle of the book. Her grief was too much. I thought she should have taken a zen approach to the death of her teacher. As the story went on, however, I came to realize what was going on, and I became much more tolerant and appreciative of her gifts. She really does tell the truth, and that's a rare quality.
Nathalie has a way of drawing you in and making you go so far as to rethink the ways in which you are moving through this world. Without even saying so she helps you pay attention, to be present. The depth of emotion she is able to express through writing about ordinary things and experiences is absolutely breathtaking. This, and all of Nathalie's books are a "must read" if you are looking for a book that takes you on an emotional journey up and down the hills of her life and when you are finished you feel liked you've learned something. That you are now a better person, better able to be present with the people in your life that you love.
I liked the story, but I think Goldberg shouldn't be the one reading it. Her tone is too monotone & I had to keep going backward to re-listen to parts I had zoned out on.
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