This book is creepy to read, but fascinating. It justaposes the wonders of the 1892 Columbian Exposition with a conscience-less serial murder, both of which are remarkable in many ways. Recommend if you have an interest in technology, architecture, and/or project planning, or crime (and have a strong stomach).
This reader does a great job. And I think the text was tuned up to be a bit more digestible to 21st century ears, yet still seems to have the original flavor of the book, at least I think so (never read it!). While the trip is allegory, I'm a fan of journey stories, so take this into account. This book was on my "must read" list, and now I'm satisfied, though I can see listening through again. I can definitely see echoes of Pilgrim's progress in other works I've read, now they should make a bit more sense. I recommend it highly.
The narration for this very long book was GREAT! I often lose track of who's who in a book, and there's a lot of characters. But the narrator keeps them all straight and voices each one beautifully.
The stereo-typical russian novel in length, this book tells a story of redemption for the un-redeemable, but in an incredibly human way.
This book is very thought-provoking, and it will make you think twice about complaining about everyday aches and pains. Using the example of those who are cursed by painlessness as the result of a disease, the author shows how truly vital a gift pain is, and why you would not want to live without it.
Some very intriguing thoughts about faith come through too, such as how this man ended up helping the poorest and most pitiful of India, and about why God allows pain. He challenges us to take a different view of pain than our modern western society, which sees pain as bad and evil. He also takes a short but incisive look at the opposite -- pleasure, and what pain can teach us about pleasure.
I highly recommend this book to those who have wondered about why God would allow so much pain in the world. This is not a book that trains you in pain management, but the insights it gives about how people react to pain can motivate you go past the discomfort and on with your life.
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