I am completely astounded that this novel was written in 1930. It is a deep exploration into a woman's spiritual awakening, which includes her early years (with fascinating detail) of life as an actress/dancer in Depression-era Hollywood. It is written in the style of an ancient spiritual text, reminding me a lot of the style and rhythm of the Mahabharata. I also love that it all takes place in Big Sur and Carmel, California, focusing in on the spiritual communities there. I am disappointed by the ending - it seems that men continuously see women's spiritual path as one of dismemberment and suffering, but I was totally pulled in to the story and I loved the musical rhythm of the writing.