I found the book not so beautiful as I expected it to be, even though I liked it, it's nice. However, if I'd a Stepper, I would defnitely go east - going west sounds to me as going in the wrong direction
Maybe because I have studied a lot of East European languages and some languages of the Near East, but for me, West is the direction of dullness, wereas east is the direction of magic
I suppose, though, that if I were born in one of the British Islands, or in Portugal, I would look up at the ocean expecting it to be the direction of magic. But for me - West is America, and America is smth "known", whereas Asia is the land of mystery.