My Kind Of Place And The Geography Of Bliss Analysis

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Happiness is interesting, as it could be described as both a feeling and a place. For some people happiness is doing what you love as long as you’re surrounded by people that you love. But for others happiness is more superficial and could simply be a mundane destination such as Maui, Hawaii. Both Susan Orleans and Eric Wiener in their books, My Kind of Place and The Geography of Bliss expose what it means to be happy and if happiness is found or achieved. These works are similar in that they both follow two different adults on their expeditions around the globe. However, differences exist in terms of viewpoint and overall perception of the world. This is significant because one’s worldly view affects how one treats other people, how open minded one is, and …show more content…
When trying to feel happiness became too challenging for Weiner, he then decided that he should instead find happiness.
If you were to recommend that we adopt one of the texts into the curriculum for wider reading, which one should it be and why? I would recommend book 1 because schools should emphasize being open minded. being accepting and challenging perspectives. Book 1 has a more positive tone, one that conveys a love for adventure and a commitment to conveying the truth. I also found “My Kind of Place” to be more engaging and better encaptured me as a reader. It was her combination of witty humor, obscure travel destinations and appreciation of the little things that make life worthwhile. While on the other hand book two, “Geography of Bliss” wasn’t bad, I just don’t think it was optimized or written for schools/classroom curriculum. The book overall was a little depressing for my taste, most people prefer upbeat novels that improve their mood and outlook. I think this book would work fine in schools but I think the first novel would be better accepted into

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