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Run Hardcover – September 25, 2007
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Her elegant prose is strongly reminiscent of another writer: James Joyce in his seminal story The Dead, perhaps the finest short story ever written. Even the technique seems similar. Here is spare, limpid prose laying bare the deepest recesses of the human heart. Here are the dead and the absent forever impacting the lives of the living and damaged. It struck me that Patchett has thoroughly absorbed Joyce's technique. This is high praise indeed, but impossible to prove. Or so I thought until Teddy quotes several sentences from the famous ending of The Dead. With some vindication, I think I can safely claim that Ann Patchett has used Joyce as her model.Read more ›
Though the writing was beautiful, the plot was slow-moving, a bit cliched, and not always believable. Patchett has great ideas for this book, but perhaps a few too many. She spends time developing a plethora of ideas, but developing each only slightly. Had she focused on only a few select ideas and developed them more, the novel would have felt more finished and believable. The very concept of "run" even felt forced at times, as if she just constantly threw out references to running to tie the loose ends together. And the ending seems to wraps things up just a bit too neatly.
Don't let this discourage you from reading Ann Patchett, however. She is a fantastic author. If you were disappointed with "Run," read "Bel Canto" or "The Magician's Assistant" and experience Patchett at her best.
Patchett gives the reader many issues to mull over---race, class, politics--but it is family that cements all the issues she presents, family that binds disparate personalities and makes their essential differences a beautiful blending.
Tip and Teddy are the heart of this story, the two blood brothers bound by shared parentage yet each finding his own path while hoping not to be crushed by the heavy mantel of their father's expectations.
This is a moving story of an intense father, his biological son he is estranged from, his adopted sons in whom he sees his own future, and the young girl who comes unexpectedly and unbidden into their lives. It is a story of family and the secrets we discover and the ones best left hidden.
Ms. Patchett certainly tells an interesting life-affirming story; some of the twists are expected, other are not. There are no villains here. Every character to a person is decent including Sullivan, even after you find out how he went astray. To that extent Ms. Patchett reminds me of one of my favorite authors Anne Tyler, whose characters are usually admirable as well albeit often slightly off-center. There are passages beautifully and profoundly written. For example, Father Sullivan, in his 80's and sick with a bad heart, muses on whether there might not be life after this one and concludes that if that is the case, then he "hoped to elevate the present to a state of the divine. It seemed from this moment of repose that God may well have been life itself. . . Life itself had been holy.Read more ›
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I had trouble getting into this book at first but after reading about a third of it, it picked up. I ended up liking the book.Published 18 days ago by marty mitchell
Ann Patchett is a great writer. This is a well told story of family dynamics and secrets.Published 25 days ago by Dot
This is a book you don't want to put down. Want to read it in one sitting!Published 3 months ago by Halle's Mom
First chapter was amazing...After that was terrible forced myself to finish it some good running parts good writing but story line itself wasnt believable or relatablePublished 3 months ago by Megan Moyer
Ann Patchett is a superb author whose story line and characters are unique but believable ! Run is an absorbing story of a family patched together by circumstances rather than... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Character Lover
A gripping and poignant story of an interracial family in Boston.Published 3 months ago by Bobbie Swanson
I always love Ann Patchett's book. This one was no exception.Published 4 months ago by Monika M Roske