In small-town Maine, unhappily retired Howard Woods is shaken awake one morning by his wife, who confesses to a devastating affair. To the utter dismay of his family, Howard refuses to forgive her. Instead, he vows to travel to Pamplona, Spain, in the footsteps of Hemingway to join the annual running of the bulls. His life promptly descends into chaos. But how does a middle-aged homebody, who has never even done his own laundry, salvage his manhood and pride and learn how to rebuild his life on his own?
At once wickedly funny and achingly poignant, Running the Bulls is a testament to the fact that even when ordinary lives are thrown into chaos, love and common sense will eventually triumph.
What made the experience of listening to Running the Bulls the most enjoyable?
This is a great character driven story set in a small town. It is a loving, comic, and intelligent portrayal of our struggle to find meaning in the totality of our lives. It is ultimately, a homage to life, courage, imperfection, and literature.
What other book might you compare Running the Bulls to and why?
It compares to the best of Richard Russo and Jonathan Franzen.
Which character – as performed by Stephen Mendel – was your favorite?
Stephen Mendel gave a warm and extraordinary performance.
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