Enlightenment for Idiots by Anne Cushman
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009
When Amanda, an up and coming yogini and Idiot guide writer, is sent to India by her publisher to study enlightenment and how to get it, it’s like a dream come true. But after chasing enlightenment from Ashram to Ashram, guru to guru, Amanda wonders if “enlightenment [is] just the booby prize, the thing you went after when what you really wanted didn’t work out.”
Cushman paints a vivid picture of India, giving the story a rich sense of place. She juxtaposes Amanda’s search for enlightenment with the events of modern day American living making this an enjoyable, yet thoughtful novel. It’s a little bit Bridgette Jones meets Bill Bryson meets Deepak Chopra. Some laugh out loud humor, fascinating travel writing with a fair dose of spirituality. A perfect combination.