Like many of the other reviews i've read, I found the first part of this book funny, entertaining, well written, and engaging. And as someone who has been to Ecuador and majored in philosophy in college (both of which play into the story in this work) you would think I would be pretty interested in the material. However, at the end this turns out to be what I can only call a silly book. The plot/love story is unbelievable, the characters outside of the main character lack depth, and the conclusions drawn from the "turning point" lack any substance to justify the resolution. The resolution itself is, quite frankly, idiotic and lacks any subtlety. Read the first half, then throw the book away. Or finish it, and hope, because Mr. Kunkel sure can write, that his next book is better.