A very powerful and memorable book. Usually the one to avoid a heavily religious context, I was ambivalent about it, but it turned out to be a remarkable read, capable of teaching us wisdom without too much preaching. The stories I appreciate most are the ones with the lesson, and that's why I truly think this book is worth reading at least once in a lifetime. The characters are very well presented, the writing is great and the plot is compelling. I admired Michael, his patience, devotion and his forgiving heart. He is everything a man should be and more. Perhaps that's why I felt slightly bereft at the end, having wished for so long to see him finally happy and rejoice after all his sufferings. But we were given a very brief glimpse of the final scene instead and an epilogue that made me more sad than happy. Nevertheless, everything worked out as the author had planned and the rest was left to our rich imagination.
5 very inspiring stars.