Personal Experiences In Let's Get Lost By Adi Alsaid

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“And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way”(Alsaid, 296). In the novel “Let’s Get Lost” the author, Adi Alsaid wrote about five strangers who travel along with Leila on her 4,268-mile expedition helping her discover the essence of her journey. Alsaid presented his personal experiences in traveling alone, conquering hopelessness, and heartbreak through these five teenagers as they too searched for their purpose. jjjjjMany intellectuals have used and evaluated the works of other writers in order to present relations between literature and their personal experiences. In the article “Learning How to Get Lost: Goethe in Italy” the author, John Zilcosky, argues that “sometimes you have to get lost in order to find yourself”. Zilcosky describes Tokyo as a city with no address and eventually on his journey he has to ask the taxi driver for a map. But in his opinion, getting lost is not a bad thing. This is all part of Zilcoksy’s plan and supports his argument “that losing one’s way-literally and philosophically-leads to a deterritorialization of knowledge”(Zilcosky, 417). While reading the novel “Let’s Get Lost”, I realized that Ali Alsaid expresses the same idea. It’s the journey that matters the most, the ending is just a bonus. I can conclude that Leila had one great journey that led to great things-not only for her, but also for the people that she met along the way. jjjjjContinuing with the same topic, Leila comes across a character named Bree who is run away from home hopelessly trying to find her footing in society. “Here she was, light like dandelion fluff, ready for the wind to whisk her away, and nothing was happening”(Alsaid, 80). In the article, “Growing beyond Circumstances: Hopeless... ... middle of paper ... the “mystical experience”. “It means everything to me-(author’s emphasis)I mean as a thing separate from any practice, from love or the arts or work of any kind, the pure quiet sudden thing, like a fire-no, a light… it is the thing, the only thing, live by… the one way of finding out what things are”(Foy, 16). Foy goes on to express her experience of “the feeling of belonging to a place” in what she labeled as her “Sacred Wood”. She began her discovery of the origins in her spiritual inspirations then in her physical encounters. Foy believes, from experience, that you need to independently explore the world to really find out what things are. This is exactly what Hudson’s dad preached in his many lessons as a philosophy professor and a father. “Everyone needs at least one long road trip in their lives. I was probably about your age when I took mine.”(Alsaid, 29).

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