My mother lived through the German occupation as a little girl in Hungary. She has many quirks, fears and nerausies that never made any sense to me until I read this book. It was as though I was experiencing the endless suffering with the books characters followed by brief periods of hope for better times followed by more suffering and the continuing deteriation of the human condition year and year after year. Yet, I couldn't stop listening and continued to keep the hope alive myself as this author seemed to capture the essence of what it must have been like to live through such a horrible period in history. I must thank the author for helping me to understand this piece of my families history while apologize to my mother for never really understanding what she went through. Sorry mom!
I really connected to the characters and the logic behind the running barefoot concept. The runners in this book have inspired me to pick up running, something I didn't think I could ever consider. Great story.
Although I've exercised on and off for much of my 50+ year life, I always found running so difficult, I never considered including it in my workout routines. I just assumed that my body wasn't designed to run, exacerbating my back problems and causing ankle and knee pain. After reading this book, I felt inspired to shed my exercise shoes for 'five fingers' shoes and flat hard soled sandals. My feet, ankles and knees never felt better. I started running with the idea that I could retrain my body to do what it was naturally designed to do, healing my back in the process. I began running about four months ago after finishing the book. I only run in Five Finger shoes which have no cushion or heal lift. I started to actually enjoy running and no long have any pain in my ankles or knees and my back is getting stronger and feeling better every week. I could have imagined any of this before listening to this book. Now I see myself running for the rest of my life. This book was truly life-changing for me.
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