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REVIEW: Downward Dog, Upward Fog by Meryl Davids Landau

Downward Dog, Upward FogDownward Dog, Upward Fog
Meryl Davids Landau
Kindle edition

Lorna Crawford is a 33-year-old event coordinator in the marketing department of an ice cream company.  She has her usual group of friends, a successful boyfriend, a caring sister and a belittling mother.  She’s been feeling “off” about her life: where she is and where she’s going.  She thinks meditating and yoga may be a way to help her out of her funk.  (Click the image to be taken to the Goodreads page).

All in all, I didn’t really care for this book.  This is disappointing because it’s been on my to read list for AGES, and I’ve enjoyed other books that had yoga as a theme, and because I actually bought the Kindle version since I couldn’t find it at the library.  Waste of $4. There may be some spoilers in my review.

Anyway, I felt Lorna was pretty whiny and didn’t act like a 33-year-old.  She constantly talked about how she would normally act or react in certain situations (negatively), so her transformation in a matter of months – when people who practice for years before they reach the point she does – is rather far-fetched and unrelatable. She is constantly filled with self-doubt, which is surprising considering the successful job and whatnot. I was just kind of annoyed by Lorna’s character.  She goes from commenting how she would think a snide remark to gushing to complete strangers.

I felt it was kind of like a research paper where there were lots of quotes and references to books and authors and yogis, etc.  I read a review on Goodreads that does a better job of explaining how I felt about it.

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