Friday, June 12, 2009

What I am Reading

Dear Lucy,
Shortly after arriving at Donna's house she urged me to read this book, "The Long Walk Home" by Will North.

It is an amazing story of a man who is compelled by his dying ex-wife to whom he is still in love, to scatter her ashes atop Cadair Idris, a Welsh mountain the couple had climbed years previously.

Amazingly, the man is taking this trip with these ashes in his backpack and while making the trek is thinking back to their marriage, divorce, and the deep, abiding love they had held for each other years after their split.
Here is a passage from the book:
"He thought of it as a pilgrimage, this walking; each day was like a prayer,each step a kind of incantation. It was as if the
horizon toward which he walked, and which kept advancing ahead of him, was an ideal he strove for but could never attain. He was not entirely sure what ideal the horizon represented, but he thought it had something to do with love, with duty, with keeping faith. Maybe he was doing penance."
As the story goes on, he falls in love with a woman in Wales who is in her own turmoil, but his musings, and thoughts about his deceased ex-wife; the guilt, the "what if's" the "shoulda, coulda, woulda's", is incredible to read.

I don't know how this book will end, or if anyone else would be as moved by it as I am, but it is a story worth checking out.


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