I had come across the work of May Sarton only relatively recently when I discovered this book in a library sale. I went on to buy a second copy for a friend. It will appeal to a variety of creative thinking people who at times in their lives feel the need to reflect upon the value of everyday situations, circumstances, and the substance of life. The manner in which we deal with notions of self in the context of environment and relationships is an overriding concern of the book, but it does not wallow in self indulgence. If like myself you are an agnostic, you may find some christian undercurrents to some of Sarton's work problematic. However, this impression can be easily transposed with a faith (not necessarily religious) without the inherent value and meaning of the work being lost. All in all, a very worthwhile and engaging book if you are interested in notions of self, solitude, and creativity.