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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091899230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091899233
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hilarious, hopeless and desperate quest" (Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons)

"Neither boringly cynical or stupidly gullible, she's open-minded, warm and funny" (Independent on Sunday)

"A light hearted account of one lady's search for mystic India which offers fun and witty observations on the current obsession with finding life's deeper meaning, while offering a eulogy to India's varied and beautiful land and people-scapes" (Yoga and Health)

"A quirky travelogue... Edge strikes a nicely satirical note and the characters she meets along the way make perfect fodder for gentle fun-poking" (Easy Living)

"A witty account of a journey through India's ashrams" (Health and Fitness Magazine)

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'A hilarious, hopeless and desperate quest' Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Yogamum on 6 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the true story of one girls escape from the rat race to explore a variety of ways of deepening her interest in yoga.
She travels to India and goes from Ashram to Ashram, Guru to Guru, Yoga School to Yoga School. You read about the scams and the 'crazies' and also the deeply sincere people and spiritual places you could find yourself if you did the same. It's almost like an informal review of each place, which might prove useful if you were thinking of doing the same. It explains with humour and realism the difficulties of such a path, along with the joys and rewards too. Most interestingly you see Lucy's inner journey as she struggles with herself, much to the relief of the reader, as you see her own humanity.
This is a super book. I read it on holiday in Mauritius and the book and the surroundings together took me to a state of bliss. I absolutely LOVED it but as a result won't be travelling to India to pursue my love of yoga at any time soon! I am tempted though...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2005
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I brought this on holidays and I found it so difficult to put down! It made me laugh, It made me want to give it all up and head to Kerala, it made me see beyond the veneer of mysticism that we create around yoga and most importantly, it made me remember to put it all into perspective.
I loved the book - so well written and such a fascinating read
Lucy - can't wait for your next book. Release it soon!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Black on 29 Mar. 2007
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I should have read the reviews before buying the book as I was quite surprised that it's not fictional writing (as I expected) but instead based on Lucy Edge's own journey to India.

Lucy Edge - a burned out, high flying professional - is sick of her London life and decides to `find herself' in India. She attends about 6 different yoga and meditation ashrams there, hoping that one of them will help her find the answers she is looking for.

The book starts of promising. I laughed quite a bit and feel that the Western yogis she bumps into on the way, pretty much sound like girls I see at yoga class here in London. However, by ashram number 4 I got a bit bored as essentially she goes through the same emotions from start to finish and nothing new or exciting changes throughout her journey. There are no unexpected twists or turns, just pretty much the same from beginning to end. Nonetheless, Lucy Edge's writing is very honest and one gets a good sense of what ashram life in India is all about.

Overall, I would however only recommend this book to those who:

1. Are into yoga and are prepared to look at its humorous side as this book is far from deep

2. Like chick-lit

3. Have a remote interest in travel literature

4. Have some interest in India

In summary this is a cute, fun book, but not great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Malsingh on 16 April 2010
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Lucy is a little bit naive, a little bit shallow and a little bit fish-out-of-water in India. So what makes this a good book? Well, personally I thought that even though she really didn't know what she was doing or where she was going (with her life or in India!), Lucy managed to a find a much more authentic India than many who travel there, especially certain yoga practitioners!

This is a funny, girly book (it's a bit on the chick-lit side) about one woman's search for a new view on life in India. Unlike many books of its kind, Lucy finds more solace in the everyday people she meets than in the religious practices and yoga that she does. As mentioned above, she's rather naive, but she does end up finding out a lot about herself and about life.

The type of yoga practitioners (from America, Uk, etc, not the yoga teachers in India) that Lucy meets in India are rather self-involved, a little bit know it all, and many of them are totally ignorant of the real India and the meaning behind their practices. To be honest, this has been my experience with many of the Western yogis I have met in India - they're certainly flexible, but at the end of the day they are no more in tune with the world than anyone else! Some keen yogis will no doubt find Lucy's portrait of some of the people she meets less than flattering, but at the end of the day Lucy's message is that yoga alone is not enough. Doing rigorous asanas every day will not change your life just like that, you have to learn to see the world differently.

This is a very honest book - Lucy is not afraid to admit that she finds yoga hard, that meditation sometimes leaves her cold, that when other people talk about their spiritual experiences she feels a bit lost. But she stills finds her way in India. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Cooper on 16 July 2006
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This book literally jumped off the shelf at me. As someone just about to abandon everything and head off to India myself in search of....? , Yoga School Dropout couldn't have been a more apt read. Lucy Edge has brought India, with its mix of ancient traditions and culture mingled with western influence, to life in a down to earth, tangible and laugh-out-loud funny way, (to the point of people moving seats away from me on the tube...); letting her descriptions of the different forms of yoga practice and gurus she comes across create their own impression on you without being over explanatory - anyone who's ever dipped their toes into a spiritual movement or group will really identify with the sharp observations, and with the quirkinesses (is that a word?!) she meets - and she tells of the characters she meets along the way, in a way that lets their personalities unfold by themselves, but with a touching warmth.

But what really weaved its magic with me in this book was the constant thread of Lucy's search for something deeper, in an ordinary and unassuming, yet incredibly inspiring, way and keeping her integrity (and humour!) completely intact. I am even more excited and pulled to go there than I was before and if I experience half of the myriad of impressions, emotions and adventure (spiritual and otherwise!) described by Lucy, I will think myself truly lucky. Definitely buy this book, it's completely worth it on every level.
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