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Flanagan's Run Paperback – May 28, 2010
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This is in some ways, the little brother of Chariots of Fire (Two-Disc Special Edition)and it is a very historic novel. As an example, I certainly did not know that in fact, there were Olympics games held in Athens in 1906, yes and that throws the 4 year timing of the normally accepted Olympics off; so in fact, those were not accepted as being Olympics but came to be called the "Intercalated games" (look it up) with the Olympics proper being held in St. Louis in 1904 and then there were the 1908 games held London. It all gets rather interesting, but little historic tidbits the book gives you sets your mind to wondering. Those games held in St. Louis in fact, were originally going to be held in Chicago. The 1904 World's Fair was in St. Louis, so somehow they moved the games there too, as Paris I believe had them both at the same time. Of course, I have pondered the meaning of the historic event mentioned most frequently in the book and that has to do with the 1908 Marathon with Dorando Pietri. It is quite famous in running lore and one should research and read it for oneself.Read more ›
I woke up thinking about the characters and what became of them this morning. It told you about the main characters but there were almost a thousand runners who finished. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction because I really cared what happened to these people after they completed such a huge event. If a book pulls me in like this on did I sometimes have a problem separating fictional people from non fictional people. What a silly person I can be. But anyway, a delightful, exciting read that's for sure. I am not or ever have been a runner but now, in my heart I am one.
It was. I love the race, set during the Great Depression (and based on an actual race that occurred in 1929). The characters are the kind you can identify with. They come from many different walks of life and cover a wide age span. The tension of the book (who will win the foot race from California to New York) is increased because of the wide age range and different motivations of the characters: why each one wants to win.
The grueling aspects of racing such long distances, covering 50-60 miles in a day -- over deserts, mountains, plains, through snow and hail and rain and scorching sun -- are realistically portrayed. I loved the racing scenes and also the scenes that occurred at the end of the day, in the tents, after each runner finished. I could practically taste the food and feel the scratchy blankets.
A very good read. You'll want to share it.
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Such an inspiring feel-good story. Written so well with characters that come to life on each page. Easy to read... third time I've read this bookPublished 2 months ago by Tracey
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On your marks, get set, go! And I was off and running for 16 wonderful hours. Read more
Even if you aren't a runner, don't hesitate to plundge in this storyPublished 5 months ago by RIBIS
I love that this was written quite some time ago about a competition that took place in 1931, but is representative of the ultra running fervor that is gripping the nation... Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. McCain
You have got to be kidding me, no one else has given this book the bad review it deserves? I'm a runner, and loved the story idea here, and looked forward to learning a little of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ReadMoreVonnegut
This is a truly wonderful book about a race during a desperate time in this country. I have read it at least 8 times already and finally decided that I needed to have a copy for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by moviebuff
One of the best Running Books out there. Not sure how many fictional books there ARE about running but this one is fantastic. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SharkMom