I know out there are so many people that they have never read any book. I believe that true stories about other people life can teach us to be aware of the things that may happen on the way. Also, reading other people stories will make us want to be who we want to be. Reading true stories makes us think and feel in new and different ways. It makes us think about our life.
According to Melanie Green ( PhD, associate professor at University of Buffalo), reading has its benefits and one of them it simply provides enjoyment and pleasure. Also, it can provide an escape from boredom or stress. However, reading helps us to better understand and interact with other people, will keep our brain sharp and we can grow as individuals.
I have finished all the books in the house, so that meant I had to look for a new one. I like to read a captivating book. I am not into soapy love stories as I found them so very boring. As it always happens, I like thorough research before starting a new one, as I want every book to be amazing and inspirational.
However, I was reading other people posts on a Facebook group, that I am a member, and they were all so excited about a book, saying that it was truly so inspiring and they are totally recommending it. So it was the first time when I heard about this book, and I became intrigued.
The group I mentioned it's about a large group of people focused on talks about walking and travelling and personal inspiration. I am really proud and happy to be part of that group as they share my interests in walking and travelling, therefore I do trust their opinion. And as everybody from that group recommended the book as a wonderful and terrifying true story I said to my self: So, why not give it a try?
I have decided to buy the book as it seems to be a good read for my free time.
I have bought the book from Amazon and I was captivated from the first chapter. Since the beginning of the book, the story of Ray and Moth warmed my heart, I was totally absorbed in their suffering when their beautiful lifestyle was taken away from them. I felt the same strong anger they felt when they left the courtroom and had to give up the extraordinary path they had been on until then. Even now, after having finished the book a couple of weeks ago, still cannot comprehend how a person can go to such a length to destroy a person's life or do any of that to another person. And not only that but to be betrayed by his best friend from childhood. How can this happen?
Have you noticed when you start a new book to read, after a half-hour, you start to feel like you are part of the story like you become part of the character? It happened to me so many times and reading this book makes me feel like I was walking the path with them like I was feeling their pain and their happy moments.
The story is heartbreaking but the inspirations that it shows is amazing and unbelievable. The courage that the characters have when there is nothing else left for them teaches us that no matter the circumstances there is always a shining light at the end of the tunnel and we must fight to overcome our circumstances.
Left with nothing, after the court decided unfavourable to them, the couple's decision to walk along the southwest coastline seems somewhat out of reach, especially that the male character was facing a terrible illness that will mostly require well-sought care and lots of rest with little time left to live on this earth.
However, the decision of travelling was a good idea in its essence, because everything else was too sad to consider. They were homeless, having nothing left, and were faced with the decision to lie down and die or do something in the precious time they have left together and enjoy life as it is.
So, That Is What They Did.
They started walking along the road, along the coast, which stretches from the Mainhead from the Severn Well to the end of the country, and then returned west to the pond. The length was 630 miles. Six hundred miles damned. Without preparation, without money and with an exhausting physical and mental illness.
I will not lie: when I read the first few chapters I felt it as a colossally stupid decision. When your body gives up, it's important not to speed up the process, and it looked like they had chosen a one-way ticket to disaster. Did not seem possible to be able to reach the destination alive, at least for one of them.
But, as it seemed, when you start walking and running fuelled by the desire to spend your days in nature doing what you love and with whom you love you will end up being carried away by a very impressive Raynor Wynn prose wave. The nature of writing is often boring, or at least monotonous, but it works by giving something to each area that passes its typical images. More difficult to absorb is a rich description of physical pain that is so bright on the side that it is rather traumatic. Joints screamed, nose roaring, clothes sweating hanging on the ribs: that's all. I have never had much contact with the facts of physical illness.
For me, this book was more than just a travel guide or a travel journal. Was a lesson about life and human beings and all the challenges we are faced with, some of them related to our own faults and some of them related to the only fact of being human and trusting the wrong people. I also learned about the fact that homeless people are not all drug addicts and how to be more tolerant with others and not judge people just for being homeless. Some of them are homeless due to personal circumstances, or because of a very poor decision. A decision that ruined their life. A decision which can easily any of us can make.
Even if the main story is very sad, the book is actually fun to read as Raynor's writing style is extraordinary, with great detail of time descriptions, landscapes, wildlife, observations about society, nature, other people and their relationships. This is a beautiful story of mourning with sadness, finding yourself and come to the realisation of what really matters when everything seems lost.
In the end, the book has a happy ending, highlighting a miracle as Moth's health improved despite the physical and mental challenge he has been through and especially despite the fact that the doctors only gave him a couple of months to live. So, in the end, he outlived himself.
Although the health improvement was little and very slow it showed that extreme psychology, such as great optimism and great support from the other half seems to help better than the medicine.
As a reader, this seems suspicious at first, but soon you are so absorbed by the courage of travel that the magnitude of the devil in the world, and the problems that you consider to be unbearable diminish slowly leaving space to a bright and wonderful beginning.
After all, all we need to do is to believe in ourselves and in our potential to start fresh and succeed each time. We need the strength to see each challenge as an opportunity to begin anew.
The book covers a period of almost two years from the life of Moth, a terminal ill person, which proved that you can fight for your life and you might win. Although long before the end of the book, he should have been on his deathbed it was to believe his diagnostic. But he didn't, he sat in the front row of the literary festival, while Raynor, his wife, talked about her bestseller - their personal healing journey and self-discovery.
And I was not disappointed. This was a super read.
Read this book, I dare you. It will change your life and the way you appreciate everything around you.
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Until next time
Oana & Paula