Truth is timeless
A wealthy man, with a deeper nature than his shallowlly material lifestyle would indicate, is advised by a stranger to go on a journey of a great distance, without his servants or his fortune, and just one companion. It becomes his spiritual unfolding and nurturing, his soul journey, and the fulfillment of his life.
First of a trilogy originally published in 1920, one might easily overlook this book as it has not been reprinted lately and is not widely known. Its is a story told in a delightfully simple style, with subtle and powerful lessons woven into the narrative . The setting is timeless, in an unnamed country described so well that the reader can easily visualize exactly what it looks like. If you were to suddenly find yourself in this place, you would recognize it from the author's description. (Maybe you have been there already). The language is beautiful, reflecting a richer usage of words than is currently seen. The story is told in such a gentle fashion one hardly notices the increasing suspenseful moments, until it grips hold, and you can't turn the pages fast enough. It has romance, mystery, and adventure that charms the reader, no matter his age, no matter how iften it is retold, just as sll truly wonderful stories have.
I have often wished this book were reprinted; maybe its part of its lesson to seek it out...