Adele Stratton's Reviews > Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
by Mary Pipher
by Mary Pipher
(Unabridged Audiobook version.) This may have been partly the phenomenon of the right book at the right time for me, but I liked this one a lot. I am about the same age as Pipher when she wrote this (I am 59, she finished this with a story about her family’s celebration of her 60th birthday). It’s a reflection on her life and the story of her near mental and physical collapse when one of her most wished-for goals—to become a famous writer—became a reality. I think it’s also in some senses an “everywoman’s” story—the coming-to-terms we do as we (gulp) transition from middle to older age. She tells of how she regrouped and repositioned herself physically and emotionally from the staggering dissonance between her self-expectations (perfection, really) and what really happened. I related to a lot of her story of being flummoxed after attaining life goals. I was a little disappointed by the reader of this audiobook. Her voice seemed a bit too perfect for reading Pipher’s story of coming to terms with her own imperfections, at odds with what seemed to be Pipher-the-writer’s voice. I suspect it would have been better if Pipher had done the reading herself.
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