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The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
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Aug 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-books, contemporary-lit, feel-good-reads

If Robert Crais and Michael Connelly are among your favorite authors, then Richard Paul Evans may not be high on your reading list. His genre is more the philosophical, tug at your heartstrings brand of storytelling and he does it very well. Also, if your preference in novels is that the conclusion results in the resolution of all the hero's problems with everything neatly wrapped up and tied with a big red bow, then THE WALK will probably prove to be disappointing. This book is just number one in a series that will conclude four books from if it's closure your just isn't gonna happen with this book........ so consider yourself warned.

As with most Evans books the protagonist, ad executive Alan Christofferson, suffers a devastating loss. He decides to abandon everything and walk from Seattle, Washington to Key West, Florida with nothing more than a tent, a backpack, a journal and a debit card. Some may see this "cut and run" reflex as a cowardly act but it appears that this is Alan's way of coping with the situation....the alternative being suicide. His observations, experiences and the people he meets are all duly cataloged in his journal as are his musings about everything from life and death to his daily food intake.

Author Evans possesses a proclivity for forcing his readers to analyze their own lives and seriously think about what is important in the grand scheme of things. For this reader, declarations like "Some people have stopped looking for beauty, then wonder why their lives are so ugly" or "Important things look just like everything else, except when you look back on them", present food for thought and an opportunity for a little introspection. If an author can inspire us to scrutinize the way we approach life while entertaining us as well, he's fulfilled his goal and done a good days'work!

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Lady of the Lake Thanks Sandie for an enticing review. Certainly will add this to my ridiculously long list of books On mount TBR!!

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