I'd probably give this book 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed The Geography of Bliss, especially the first half of the book. The first half had some interesting insights, profound ponderings, and neat facts/trivia about the places visited. The later parts of the book, though, seemed to lose some steam, imo. Perhaps the author didn't get as immersed in the later cultures, maybe the places were not as 'happy' as the first places, or maybe his natural grumpiness factor was showing through after visiting quite a few 'happy' places... the second half just didn't really have the same spark that the first half did. Even so, it was an entirely enjoyable read & one I'd recommend.