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The Long Run of Myles Mayberry Paperback – April 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Zoland Books; 1st pbk. ed edition (April 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581950012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581950014
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Part parody of 1970s excess, part paean to the art of running, this quirky novel focuses on hapless Myles Mayberry, who spends his days training for the Boston Marathon and smoking marijuana. Myles and his dismayed new wife, Sophie, the couple's sole financial support, live in Cambridge, where they are part of a New Age "therapeutic community." Having fallen into a "blinding, binding" love one year earlier, they are hitting their marriage's first rocky patch. All goes downhill when the couple attends a weekend retreat in New Hampshire with a swami and Myles sneaks away for an illicit run. Obsessed with his desire to win the Boston Marathon, Myles begins running twice a day, and only gradually realizes that Sophie is having an affair with bisexual poet Derek Fells. The couple separate, and Myles moves to an office at the school where he teaches business management (a field which he knows nothing about). He begins to experience episodes of amnesia, running in his sleep and waking up on unfamiliar Boston streets. Only by participating in the marathon and reconciling himself to the idea of losing can he recover Sophie and his sanity. This is an inoffensive and at times amusing portrait of American life in the years between the optimistic '60s and the self-absorbed '80s, distinguished by Alcorn's vibrant evocation of the addictive nature of running.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This novel does nothing to discourage the notion that every marathoner is clinically insane. Myless determination to win the Boston Marathon interferes with any kind of life. He cant concentrate on his unhappy wife, who is leaving him, because he has to train. He alienates the few friends he has because he always has to train. He cant keep a job because he has to train. He even wakes up half-naked running through Bostons subway tunnels. He ends up being treated in a clinic, where he nonetheless continues to train for the marathon. His need to push himself seems intimately bound up with a terror of being finally responsiblefor himself, his wife, and his coming baby. The result is an interesting clinical study, but the characters are all unappealing. This book is a real letdown after Alcorns wonderfully witty Murder in the Museum of Man (LJ 4/1/97).Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, IA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "finbar9016" on January 6, 2000
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...with nothing to show for it, except a dream of winning the Boston Marathon. Anyone who has struggled with accepting the responsibility of adulthood -- marriage, children, a "real" job -- will appreciate Myle's desire to escape by running everywhere around Cambridge and Boston, with an obsession that borders on madness. I really enjoyed the way this book blended hilarious situations like Myles "sleep-running" through the subways at night with the dangerous and dark ways his obsession jeopardizes his marriage, friendships, even his own physical and mental health. I highly recommend the book!
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