The Geography of Bliss

27 May

I have to say that “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World” was one fantastically entertaining book.

Eric Weiner set out to visit the happiest places in the world (excluding Disneyland) with the guidance of scientific research to tell him where to go.

The places he visited were many and varied and not always places one would immediately connect with the concept of happiness, Iceland, for example.

Eric Weiner is given to much personal introspection which adds another dimension to the book.  This is not another facile “Been there; seen that” travelogue.

Usually when I read a travel book, I use it to travel vicariously.  To read about places that sound interesting, but I have no real interest or intention of ever visiting.  This time however, was different.  Eric Weiner’s descriptions of Iceland have left me with a desire to visit this interesting and intriguing country.

Well written, entertaining, and in many places deep and thoughtful, “The Geography Bliss” has much to offer the casual reader, as well as dedicated aficionados of travel writing.  Even those with an interest in psychology will find much of interest in the book.

I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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