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AustenToZafon

Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel - Rachel Joyce Sweet, encouraging story of an ordinary, non-athletic. painfully shy older man who decides to walk 500+ miles from his home in Cornwall to Berwick-onTweed, convinced that doing so can save an old friend from dying of cancer.

The journey is transformative--for him, for the wife he leaves behind, and for their marriage which has devolved into two strangers living in the same house.

Along the way, Harold meets many people and what he gets from these meetings and how he is received has more to do with Harold's state of mind than anything else.

I like how ordinary Harold is. How his epiphanies are often just the result experiencing and understanding deeply the cliches we all murmur about how everyone has struggles even though they appear to have it together, how people aren't scary if you stop to listen without judging, and how letting go of material things that separate you from the world is powerful and humbling. He isn't saying anything new, but his experience gives the ideas depth.