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Hope's Last Run Paperback – November 3, 2008
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I appreciate that Glikin wanted to celebrate women's running but his extraordinarily heavy-handed treatment of the subject makes the end product unlikeable and unbelievable. I recommend instead Kathrine Switzer's "Marathon Woman" for a well-written autobiographical account of a woman breaking barriers in the marathon world, or Paula Radcliffe's "My Story So Far" - less expertly crafted as a book, but the real marathon world record holder is so talented, hard working and human, she cannot fail to impress and inspire. Equally, the women runners profiled in Michael Sandrock's brilliant "Training With The Legends" are great personalities positively leaping off the page, and give an insight into the privileged world of the elite athlete.
As far as running novels go, the best that I have read by far is John L Parker's "Once A Runner", truly the benchmark for all would-be pretenders.
Glikin trots out a parade of poor caricatures of stereotypes from the well-worn 'inspiring sports story' genre: there's the bright-eyed kid from the ghetto, saved by sport but doomed by military propaganda and the ex-husband who not only endorses female genital mutilation but also was involved in the Enron fiasco. You don't get much more evil than that.
This hackneyed characterization is also true of the two protagonists, the runner and the coach.Read more ›
In Hope's Last Run he chronicles running prodigy Hope Spencer from her start at the Houston Marathon, to Boston, and finally in her Olympic qualifying marathon in New York. Published to new heights by her coach Frank Adams, who is part Arthur Lydiard, part Bill Bowerman, Hope's Last Run will have you turning pages as she flies down the final stretch in Central Park.
running correspondent Austin American Statesman
Hope's Last Run is extremely intense and strong Coach Frank Adams is terriffic and so is his protege Hope Spencer. They're both pure dreamers. The novel had elements that reminded me of Clint Eastwood's classic film with Hilary Swank, 'Million Dollar Baby'. Glikin's runners are a mirror of what runners are really like: free spirits and highly romantic. Every marathoner will love this book and understand it!
America's distance running legend
Once again, Bruce Glikin mounts the literary dais for his dramatic cliff-hanger running novel: 'Hope's Last Run. Combined with the artful blending of supernaural elements with exciting and suspenseful distance running action, Glikin's coach/teacher expertise is revealed through his superbly written novel.
This is a must read for all who dream and hope.
Olympic medalist, author and coach
running novels and although I also felt that is was very unrealistic that Hope could do what she did in such a short period of time training, I enjoyed
many of the racing & training references. I absolutely disliked the ending of the book. Call me unromantic or not sentimental or just a realist, but
the ending for me ruined what was an enjoyable read. If there was some other alternate ending, I would have preferred it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Echoing another reviewer, I have to admit that I'm not a runner but I sure got caught up in the tension and story of the characters' training, psychology, strategies, and the... Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by readerplays
Not being a runner, I bought this book on a whim. What a bit of luck. This short novel is full of fascinating information about running, racing, training and strategy. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Lv2Read