- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 685 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Publisher: GATE 17 (2 Dec. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AHGWR4E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE RED HAND GANG Kindle Edition
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I just got back from Romania on the #roetoro trip (which Walter's latest book has been written about) and seeing Mr Otton's emotions in #roe2ro journey, I came straight home and finished the 'Red Hand Gang' book I started reading nine years previously. Not sure why I left it so long, bad reader? don't read friend's books? Chelski addictions? (it does annoy me, even Tottenham addictions annoy me too). Football is greed V greed mostly in the premier league so to put your heart and soul in football is a struggle but I still love following football teams as the release really works with left handside of the brain, just keep it in it's place. I am not judging Mr O here just wandering why I hadn't read the book. Bloody Chelski! COYS!
Anyhow, Red Hand gang takes you on two stories. One is on tube journeys in a dreamlike fictional state whilst the other story is documenting Walter and his mates fundraise walking on an 100 mile walk long the Thames path over 3 days (walter did only 80, lightweight). Walter disappears on a semi rant occasionally when he hears a word and this word will bring a couple of pages of his mind day dreaming or sometimes sleep dream dreaming. This can sometimes be emotional and cause you to make an underbelly smile or this can cause you to drift off yourself as you drift of to your own thoughts. Sometimes the rants had to bring some self perseverance to not let my mtv generation personality to forget about the book.
I appreciate all the stories of Walter and my other two friends (Larry & Si) which have me warm feeling inside and bit pissed that I wasn't on the walk with them.
Towards the end you find yourself in a safe place plodding along reading state until my friend takes me away from sofa peace haven and takes me on a roller coaster of emotion that gives you that sense of unbelief. Freeze!!!
I love my friend Walter and am proud of who is, who he has been, who he has become and who he will be. His journey is still so young and am excited about his future. I need more cups of tea with Walter and this book makes crave to just sit in his presence.
I recommend this book as a manual on how to search for peace of mind whilst also standing up for what you believe and who you are. Do not let the nightmares and your Past hold onto you and rely on the Father and your friends.
For three quid what could go wrong? Well, nothing obviously.
It is largely autobiographical and written in the first person and in an anecdotal style. From page one it is gripping and enjoyable. The journey itself is akin to a modern day three men in a boat, only on foot. It is clear the writer has poured his soul into his book and this makes it incredibly empathetic.
I particularly enjoyed the vignettes of the kids in the club in the estate are both amusing and harrowing. They were something else.....Anyone who has worked at all with kids and the disadvantaged recognise the types.
If you are a Chelsea fan the time and place is set by some references to people, places and matches. However that is a mere detail. Walter and his friends experience is the story and he has the skill to place you right in their midst. I left thinking that it would be fun to have a beer with these guys.
This book is a beautiful, human book and well worth a read. And at that price? Well you can't get a magazine for that these days. Well I can think of only one that is still "only a pound!". Oh and boycott Nestle while you are at it.
This is an incredible book written by an incredible person; the emotions I felt while reading the book turned me upside down and inside out, however, the positivity shown throughout, added to the courage, makes this book a definite read. I defy anybody not to feel emotional and angry during a certain section, not at the author or the book, but at one certain incident.
From the very first moment, the original idea of the walk and what it was for was a great one; I salute all involved. The idea of walking along the Thames is a superb one. The book has encouraged me and has opened my mind towards people less fortunate than myself.
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