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Set against the backdrop of jazz and poetry, the themes of escape and desire to see the world are recurrent throughout the novel. The novel is written in a narrative diary style split into five parts that will make you feel like you’re on the road with Sal.
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The book has touched the hearts of many due to its theme of following your dreams. Perhaps through Santiago’s journey, you too can become inspired and embark on your own exploration.
The title of the book refers to each part of her journey. She spent four months in Italy, munching on the most delicious food and simply enjoying life. Then, she travelled around India for three months, seeking spirituality. Finally, she ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, where she fell in love with a Brazilian businessman. The novel will appeal to those looking for an escape especially after going through hard times.
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Having written the book while Garland was living in the Philippines, the similarities with the country’s beaches, like Palawan, inspired the novel. Garland also took reference from Lord of the Flies, so if you know how that book ends, perhaps expect something similar.
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McCandless’ journey can either be inspiring or haunting. His desire for the most extreme of adventures, of leaving things behind, and to simply travel may speak to some of us. But it may also teach us lessons.
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