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Publisher's Summary

This book is based on the true life of Henry Stuart. When the 67-year-old former professor finds out he is dying of tuberculosis, he vows to “learn in solitude how to save myself.” He sets off for Fairhope, Alabama, with only the writings of his beloved Tolstoy for company. There, the barefoot poet builds himself a small hut and slowly becomes an inspiration for the rest of the utopian town. When his last few months become his last few years, Henry’s attempt to understand death becomes a lesson on life.

©2005 Sonny Brewer (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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Great read

Great story about the will to persevere and the benefits and pitfalls of a solitary life. Great narration and story.

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Great story.

I really liked the story of this book. I am familiar with the Faihope, Al area so that really helped me picture the scenes from a different time. I like Rick Bragg's voice when he reads but the recording seemed to have a bit of a hollow sound. It may have been that I listened to the whole book in my car on a long trip that caused the echo. Overall, I would recommend this book for its story of discovery into human interactions and emotions.

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